war - guerre, bataille, entrer en guerre, tfaire la guerre

But who shall dwell in these worlds if they be

shall - doit, rench: 'shall' followed by the infinitive is translated using the future tense'

dwell - s'attarder, résider, s'appesantir sur

inhabited? . . . Are we or they Lords of the

inhabited - habité, habiter

lords - seigneurs, châtelain, seigneur, monsieur

World? . . . And how are all things made for man?--

KEPLER (quoted in The Anatomy of Melancholy)

quoted - cité, citation, guillemet, devis, cotation, citer, deviser

anatomy - l'anatomie, anatomie

melancholy - mélancolie


Chapter - chapitre, branche, section

eve - veille

No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. It is possible that the infusoria under the microscope do the same. No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. At most terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise. Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. And early in the twentieth century came the great disillusionment.

Last - derniere, dernier, durer, dernierere, durez, passé, durent

nineteenth - dix-neuvieme, dix-neuvieme ('before the noun'), ('in names of monarchs and popes') dix-neuf ('after the name') ('abbreviation' XIX)

keenly - vivement

closely - de pres, étroitement, pres

intelligences - intelligences, intelligence, renseignements-p

mortal - mortel, mortelle

themselves - eux-memes, se, eux-memes, elles-memes

various - divers

concerns - préoccupations, inquiétude, souci, soin, préoccupation

Perhaps - peut-etre, peut-etre, possiblement

almost - presque, quasiment

narrowly - de façon étroite, étroitement

microscope - microscope

scrutinise - examiner

transient - passager, provisoire, transitoire, temporaire, bref

creatures - créatures, créature, etre

swarm - essaim (flying insects), grouillement (crawling insects), nuée

multiply - se multiplier, multipliez, multiplions, multiplier, multiplient

drop of water - une goutte d'eau

infinite - infini, un nombre infini de

complacency - l'autosatisfaction, suffisance, complaisance

fro - fro

globe - Terre, globe

affairs - affaires, aventure, liaison

serene - serein, enjoué

assurance - l'assurance, assurance, culot

Empire - l'empire, empire

matter - matiere, matiere, affaire, question, cause, substance

infusoria - Infusoires

sources - sources, source

human - humain

danger - danger, péril

dismiss - licencier

upon - sur, a

impossible - impossible, insupportable

improbable - invraisemblable, improbable

Curious - vous etes curieux, curieux, intéressant, singulier

recall - rappeler

mental - mentale, affectif, mental

habits - habitudes, habitude

those - ceux-ci, ces, celles-la, ceux-la

departed - parti, partir, s’en aller, dévier, quitter

terrestrial - terrestre

fancied - aimée, envie, caprice

inferior - inférieur

missionary - missionnaire

enterprise - l'entreprise, entreprise, venture, initiative

Gulf - golfe

minds - les esprits, esprit, t+raison, t+intelligence, mémoire

beasts - betes, bete, bete sauvage

perish - périr

vast - vaste

unsympathetic - antipathique

regarded - considérée, considérer

earth - terre, terrier, relier a la terre, tmettre a la terre, enterrer

envious - envieux

slowly - lentement

surely - surement, surement, assurément

against - contre, face a, pour

twentieth - vingtieme, vingtieme

disillusionment - désillusion

The planet Mars, I scarcely need remind the reader, revolves about the sun at a mean distance of 140,000,000 miles, and the light and heat it receives from the sun is barely half of that received by this world. It must be, if the nebular hypothesis has any truth, older than our world; and long before this earth ceased to be molten, life upon its surface must have begun its course.

planet - planete, planete

scarcely - a peine, a peine, guere

remind - rappeler

revolves - tourne, retourner, tourner

distance - distance, éloigner, checks'éloigner

heat - chaleur, ardeur, chauffer

Receives - reçoit, recevoir

barely - a peine, a peine

received - reçu, recevoir

nebular - nébulaire

hypothesis - hypothese, hypothese

truth - la vérité, vérité

ceased - cessé, cesser, s'arreter, cesser de + 'infinitive'

molten - fondu, incandescent, (melt), fondre (1), se dissoudre (2)

surface - surface, faire surface

The fact that it is scarcely one seventh of the volume of the earth must have accelerated its cooling to the temperature at which life could begin. It has air and water and all that is necessary for the support of animated existence.

seventh - septieme, septieme ('before the noun'), ('in names of monarchs and popes') sept ('after the name') ('abbreviation' VII)

volume - volume, tome

accelerated - accéléré, accélérer

temperature - température

necessary - nécessaire

support - soutien, soutenez, appuyez, appuyons, appuyent, soutiens

animated - animée, animé, animer

existence - l'existence, existence

Yet so vain is man, and so blinded by his vanity, that no writer, up to the very end of the nineteenth century, expressed any idea that intelligent life might have developed there far, or indeed at all, beyond its earthly level.

vain - vaine, rench: vaniteux, frivole, vain, futile

blinded - aveuglé, aveugle, mal-voyant, mal-voyante, store, blind

vanity - la vanité, vanité

expressed - exprimée, exprimer

intelligent - intelligent

developed - développé, se développer, développer

indeed - certainement, vraiment, en effet, bien sur, certes

beyond - au-dela, au-dela, par-dela

earthly - terrestre

level - plat, a ras, au meme niveau, constant, niveau, profondeur

Nor was it generally understood that since Mars is older than our earth, with scarcely a quarter of the superficial area and remoter from the sun, it necessarily follows that it is not only more distant from time's beginning but nearer its end.

nor - ni, NON-OU

generally - en général

Since - depuis lors, depuis, depuis que, puisque, vu que

superficial - superficielle, superficiel

remoter - remoter, distant, éloigné, télécommande

necessarily - nécessairement

distant - distante, distant, lointain, éloigné

The secular cooling that must someday overtake our planet has already gone far indeed with our neighbour. Its physical condition is still largely a mystery, but we know now that even in its equatorial region the midday temperature barely approaches that of our coldest winter.

secular - laique, séculier, laique, mondain, séculaire, profane

someday - un jour

overtake - dépasser, doubler, surprendre

physical - physique, physiologique, visite médicale, check-up

condition - condition

largely - en grande partie, largement, en général, pour la plupart

mystery - mystere, mystere

equatorial - équatorial, équatoriale

region - région

midday - midi, (de) midi

approaches - approches, (s')approcher (de)

Its air is much more attenuated than ours, its oceans have shrunk until they cover but a third of its surface, and as its slow seasons change huge snowcaps gather and melt about either pole and periodically inundate its temperate zones. That last stage of exhaustion, which to us is still incredibly remote, has become a present-day problem for the inhabitants of Mars.

Oceans - les océans, océan

shrunk - rétréci, se réduire, rétrécir, se resserrer

cover - une couverture

third - troisieme, troisieme, trois, tiers, tierce

seasons - saisons, saison

huge - énorme

gather - rassembler, ramasser, recueillir, déduire

melt - la fonte, fondre (1), se dissoudre (2)

either - chaque, non plus, ou, soit

pole - pôle, poteau, pieu, Gaule, pole

periodically - périodiquement

inundate - inonder

temperate - tempéré

zones - zones, zone

stage - scene, étape, phase, scene, caleche, platine, mettre en scene

exhaustion - l'épuisement, épuisement, harassement

incredibly - incroyable

remote - a distance, distant, éloigné, télécommande

inhabitants - habitants, habitant, habitante, résident, résidente

The immediate pressure of necessity has brightened their intellects, enlarged their powers, and hardened their hearts.

immediate - immédiate, immédiat, proche

pressure - pression

necessity - nécessité, besoin

enlarged - élargi, agrandir, élargir, accroître

powers - pouvoirs, pouvoir, puissance, électricité

hearts - des cours, coeur

And looking across space with instruments, and intelligences such as we have scarcely dreamed of, they see, at its nearest distance only 35,000,000 of miles sunward of them, a morning star of hope, our own warmer planet, green with vegetation and grey with water, with a cloudy atmosphere eloquent of fertility, with glimpses through its drifting cloud wisps of broad stretches of populous country and narrow, navy-crowded seas.

instruments - des instruments, instrument, acte

such - tel, tellement, ainsi

dreamed - revé, reve, t+songe, t+voeu, t+souhait, t+vou

sunward - le soleil

morning star - étoile du matin

vegetation - la végétation, végétation

cloudy - nuageux, trouble, brumeux, nébuleux, opaque

atmosphere - atmosphere, atmosphere, ambience, ambiance

eloquent - éloquent

fertility - la fertilité, fertilité

glimpses - des aperçus, aperçu, entrevoir

drifting - a la dérive, dérive, dériver, errer, dévier

wisps - des feux follets, brin, fétu, touffe

broad - large

stretches - étirements, étendre, s'étendre, s'étirer, étirement

populous - populeux

narrow - étroite, pressé, étroit

Navy - la marine, force navale, flotte, marine, bleu marine

crowded - encombré, foule

And we men, the creatures who inhabit this earth, must be to them at least as alien and lowly as are the monkeys and lemurs to us. The intellectual side of man already admits that life is an incessant struggle for existence, and it would seem that this too is the belief of the minds upon Mars.

inhabit - habiter

alien - étranger, étrangere, extraterrestre, alien

lowly - faible, humble

monkeys - des singes, singe, guenon

Lemurs - les lémuriens, lémur, lémurien

intellectual - intellectuel, intellectuelle, intello

side - côté, parti, flanc

admits - admet, admettre, avouer, reconnaître

incessant - incessant

struggle for existence - la lutte pour l'existence

Seem - sembler, paraître, avoir l'air

belief - croyance, conviction, foi

Their world is far gone in its cooling and this world is still crowded with life, but crowded only with what they regard as inferior animals. To carry warfare sunward is, indeed, their only escape from the destruction that, generation after generation, creeps upon them.

regard - regard, considérer, égard, estime

warfare - guerre, combat

escape - échapper, s'échapper, éviter, échapper (a quelqu'un), évasion

destruction - la destruction, destruction

generation - génération, création, generation

creeps - des monstres, ramper, rampement, fatigue, fluage, reptation

And before we judge of them too harshly we must remember what ruthless and utter destruction our own species has wrought, not only upon animals, such as the vanished bison and the dodo, but upon its inferior races. The Tasmanians, in spite of their human likeness, were entirely swept out of existence in a war of extermination waged by European immigrants, in the space of fifty years.

judge - juge, juger

ruthless - impitoyable

utter - l'utérus, émettre

vanished - disparue, disparaître, s'évanouir, s'annuler

bison - bison, bison d'Europe, bison d'Amérique du Nord

races - les courses, course

Tasmanians - les tasmaniens, Tasmanien, Tasmanienne

spite - dépit, rancune

entirely - entierement, entierement, entierement (1)

swept - balayé, balayer, balayage

waged - en ouvre, frétiller, remuer, sécher, faire l’école buissonniere

European - européen, Européenne

immigrants - immigrés, immigrant, immigrante, immigré, immigrée

Are we such apostles of mercy as to complain if the Martians warred in the same spirit?

apostles - apôtres, apôtre

mercy - la pitié, miséricorde, pitié

complain - se plaindre, porter plainte

Martians - martians, martien, martienne

warred - guerre, bataille, entrer en guerre, tfaire la guerre

spirit - l'esprit, esprit, moral, élan, spiritueux

The Martians seem to have calculated their descent with amazing subtlety--their mathematical learning is evidently far in excess of ours--and to have carried out their preparations with a well-nigh perfect unanimity. Had our instruments permitted it, we might have seen the gathering trouble far back in the nineteenth century.

calculated - calculée, calculer

descent - descente, origine, ascendance

subtlety - subtilité, entremets

mathematical - mathématique

evidently - évidemment, de toute évidence, manifestement

excess - l'exces, exces, franchise, en exces, en trop, excessif

preparations - préparations, préparation, concoction

nigh - nuit, proche, pres

unanimity - l'unanimité, unanimité

permitted - autorisé, permettre

gathering - rassemblement, cueillant, amassant, ramassage

trouble - des problemes, peine, mal, probleme, emmerde, checksouci

Men like Schiaparelli watched the red planet--it is odd, by-the-bye, that for countless centuries Mars has been the star of war--but failed to interpret the fluctuating appearances of the markings they mapped so well. All that time the Martians must have been getting ready.

odd - rench: t-needed r, bizarre, étrange, impair, a peu pres

countless - innombrables, incalculable, innombrable

failed - a échoué, échouer (a)

Interpret - interpréter, traduire

fluctuating - fluctuante, fluctuer, onduler

appearances - les apparences, apparition, apparence

During the opposition of 1894 a great light was seen on the illuminated part of the disk, first at the Lick Observatory, then by Perrotin of Nice, and then by other observers. English readers heard of it first in the issue of Nature dated August 2.

opposition - l'opposition, opposition

illuminated - éclairé, illuminer

disk - disque

lick - lécher, faire eau

Observatory - observatoire

observers - observateurs, observateur

issue - question, sortie, émission, livraison, délivrance, drain

nature - nature

I am inclined to think that this blaze may have been the casting of the huge gun, in the vast pit sunk into their planet, from which their shots were fired at us. Peculiar markings, as yet unexplained, were seen near the site of that outbreak during the next two oppositions.

blaze - flamme, feu, embrasement

casting - casting, moulage, (cast), jeter, diriger, lancer, additionner

gun - pistolet, as, rigolo, fusil

pit - fosse, écart, précipice, noyau

sunk - coulé, enfoncés, enfoncé, enfoncées, enfoncée

shots - tirs, coup

fired at - tiré dessus

peculiar - particulier, extraordinaire, bizarre, curieux

as yet - a ce jour

unexplained - inexpliquée

site - site

outbreak - l'épidémie, éruption, déclenchement, apparition, explosion

oppositions - des oppositions, opposition

The storm burst upon us six years ago now. As Mars approached opposition, Lavelle of Java set the wires of the astronomical exchange palpitating with the amazing intelligence of a huge outbreak of incandescent gas upon the planet.

storm - tempete, orage

burst - l'éclatement, éclater, faire éclater, rompre, briser

approached - approché, (s')approcher (de)

Java - java

set - set, Seth

wires - fils, fil

astronomical - astronomique

Exchange - l'échange, échangent, échangeons, échanger, échangez, échange

palpitating - des palpitations, palpiter

intelligence - l'intelligence, intelligence, renseignements

incandescent - incandescent, éblouissant, irradiant, resplendissant, éclatant

It had occurred towards midnight of the twelfth; and the spectroscope, to which he had at once resorted, indicated a mass of flaming gas, chiefly hydrogen, moving with an enormous velocity towards this earth. This jet of fire had become invisible about a quarter past twelve.

occurred - s'est produite, produire

towards - vers, envers, pour, pres de

twelfth - douzieme, douzieme

spectroscope - spectroscope

resorted - recouru, avoir recours (a)

indicated - indiqué, indiquer, signaler

mass - masse, foule, amas

flaming - flammes, enflammé, flambant, (flame), flamme, polémique

chiefly - principalement, surtout

hydrogen - l'hydrogene, hydrogene

enormous - énorme

velocity - la vélocité, vecteur vitesse, vélocité, fréquence

jet - jet, avion a réaction, jais

invisible - invisible, caché

He compared it to a colossal puff of flame suddenly and violently squirted out of the planet, "as flaming gases rushed out of a gun."

colossal - colossal

puff - bouffée, souffle

flame - flamme, polémique

suddenly - soudain, soudainement, tout d'un coup

violently - violemment

squirted - giclée, jet, morveux, morveuse, gicler

gases - des gaz, gaz

rushed - précipité, se précipiter, emmener d'urgence

A singularly appropriate phrase it proved. Yet the next day there was nothing of this in the papers except a little note in the Daily Telegraph, and the world went in ignorance of one of the gravest dangers that ever threatened the human race. I might not have heard of the eruption at all had I not met Ogilvy, the well-known astronomer, at Ottershaw.

singularly - singulierement

appropriate - approprié, idoine, approprier

proved - prouvé, prouver

Except - sauf, faire une exception

daily - quotidien, journellement

Telegraph - télégraphe, télégraphier, dépecher

ignorance - l'ignorance, ignorance

gravest - le plus grave, tombe

dangers - dangers, danger, péril, qualifier

threatened - menacé, menacer

race - course, race

eruption - éruption

astronomer - astronome

He was immensely excited at the news, and in the excess of his feelings invited me up to take a turn with him that night in a scrutiny of the red planet.

immensely - immensément

feelings - sentiments

invited - invités, inviter (a)

In spite of all that has happened since, I still remember that vigil very distinctly: the black and silent observatory, the shadowed lantern throwing a feeble glow upon the floor in the corner, the steady ticking of the clockwork of the telescope, the little slit in the roof--an oblong profundity with the stardust streaked across it. Ogilvy moved about, invisible but audible.

vigil - veille, veillée

distinctly - distinctement

silent - silencieux

shadowed - ombragée, ombre, prendre en filature, t+filer

lantern - lanterne

throwing - jetant, (throw) jetant

feeble - faible

glow - l'éclat, briller, luire, irradier, lueur, éclat

corner - coin, rencogner, piéger, acculer, négocier un prix de gros

steady - stable, lisse, régulier

ticking - tic-tac, (tic), tic

clockwork - horloge, rouage

telescope - télescope, lunette

slit - fente, vulve

roof - toit

oblong - oblong

profundity - la profondeur

stardust - poussiere d'étoiles, poussiere cosmique, amas stellaire

streaked - strié, raie, chésias du genet

audible - audible

looking through the telescope, one saw a circle of deep blue and the little round planet swimming in the field. It seemed such a little thing, so bright and small and still, faintly marked with transverse stripes, and slightly flattened from the perfect round. But so little it was, so silvery warm--a pin's-head of light!

looking through - Regarder a travers

circle - cercle, disque, yeux cernés, cerne, cercler, entourer, encercler

deep blue - bleu foncé

round - ronde, cyclo, arrondissent, arrondis, arrondir

field - champ, campo, terrain, corps, rubrique, attraper

seemed - semblait, sembler, paraître, avoir l'air

bright - lumineux, éclatant, clair

faintly - faiblement

marked - marqué, Marc

stripes - des rayures, rayure, galon, rayer

slightly - légerement, finement, délicatement, légerement

flattened - aplatie, aplatir

silvery - argenté, argentin

pin - épingle

It was as if it quivered, but really this was the telescope vibrating with the activity of the clockwork that kept the planet in view.

quivered - a tremblé, frémir

vibrating - vibrant, vibrer

view - vue, vision, regard, point de vue, opinion, regarder

As I watched, the planet seemed to grow larger and smaller and to advance and recede, but that was simply that my eye was tired. Forty millions of miles it was from us--more than forty millions of miles of void. Few people realise the immensity of vacancy in which the dust of the material universe swims.

advance - élever, avancer, avancée, progression, avance, souscription

recede - reculer, se retirer

Simply - tout simplement, simplement

void - vide, vacuum

realise - comprendre

immensity - immensité

vacancy - poste vacant, vacance, chambre libre

dust - la poussiere, poussiere, épousseter, pulvériser

material - matériel, matériau, matiere, étoffe, tissu

universe - univers

Near it in the field, I remember, were three faint points of light, three telescopic stars infinitely remote, and all around it was the unfathomable darkness of empty space. You know how that blackness looks on a frosty starlight night. In a telescope it seems far profounder.

faint - évanouissement, s'évanouir, défailles, défaillez, défaillir

telescopic - télescopique

infinitely - a l'infini

unfathomable - insondable

darkness - l'obscurité, obscurité, ténebres

empty space - un espace vide

blackness - la noirceur, noirceur

frosty - froid, gelé, givré, glacial

starlight - la lumiere des étoiles, lumiere des étoiles, lumiere d'étoile

Seems - semble-t-il, sembler, paraître, avoir l'air

profounder - profounder, profond

And invisible to me because it was so remote and small, flying swiftly and steadily towards me across that incredible distance, drawing nearer every minute by so many thousands of miles, came the Thing they were sending us, the Thing that was to bring so much struggle and calamity and death to the earth. I never dreamed of it then as I watched; no one on earth dreamed of that unerring missile.

steadily - régulierement

Struggle - lutte, lutter, s'efforcer, combattre

calamity - calamité

Death - mort, déces, camarde, la mort, l'arcane sans nom

unerring - infaillible

missile - projectile, missile

That night, too, there was another jetting out of gas from the distant planet. I saw it. A reddish flash at the edge, the slightest projection of the outline just as the chronometer struck midnight; and at that I told Ogilvy and he took my place.

jetting - jetting, (de) jais

reddish - rougeâtre

flash - flash, clignoter

edge - bord, côté, arete, carre

slightest - le moins du monde, insignifiant, léger

projection - saillie, projection

outline - les grandes lignes, contour, silhouette, esquisse, aperçu

chronometer - chronometre, chronometre, chronoscope

struck - frappé, biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper, battre

The night was warm and I was thirsty, and I went stretching my legs clumsily and feeling my way in the darkness, to the little table where the siphon stood, while Ogilvy exclaimed at the streamer of gas that came out towards us.

stretching - l'étirement, étendre, s'étendre, s'étirer, étirement

clumsily - maladroitement

siphon - siphon, siphonner

exclaimed - s'est exclamé, exclamer

streamer - streamer, fanion

That night another invisible missile started on its way to the earth from Mars, just a second or so under twenty-four hours after the first one. I remember how I sat on the table there in the blackness, with patches of green and crimson swimming before my eyes. I wished I had a light to smoke by, little suspecting the meaning of the minute gleam I had seen and all that it would presently bring me.

patches - des correctifs, piece, rustine

crimson - cramoisi, carmin, pourpre

wished - souhaité, souhait, souhaiter, espérer

smoke - la fumée, fumons, griller, fumer, fument, fumée, fumez

suspecting - soupçonner, suspecter

gleam - briller, luisent, luisez, brillant, luisons

Ogilvy watched till one, and then gave it up; and we lit the lantern and walked over to his house. Down below in the darkness were Ottershaw and Chertsey and all their hundreds of people, sleeping in peace.

peace - la paix, paix, tranquillité

He was full of speculation that night about the condition of Mars, and scoffed at the vulgar idea of its having inhabitants who were signalling us. His idea was that meteorites might be falling in a heavy shower upon the planet, or that a huge volcanic explosion was in progress.

speculation - spéculation

scoffed at - dont on se moque

vulgar - vulgaire, obscene

meteorites - météorites, météorite

heavy shower - forte averses

volcanic - volcanique

explosion - explosion

progress - progres, progressent, progresser, progressons, progrés

He pointed out to me how unlikely it was that organic evolution had taken the same direction in the two adjacent planets.

unlikely - peu probable, improbable, improbablement

organic - organique, bio, biologique

evolution - l'évolution, évolution

direction - direction

adjacent - adjacente

planets - planetes, planete

"The chances against anything manlike on Mars are a million to one," he said.

chances - chances, hasard

manlike - anthropoide

Hundreds of observers saw the flame that night and the night after about midnight, and again the night after; and so for ten nights, a flame each night. Why the shots ceased after the tenth no one on earth has attempted to explain. It may be the gases of the firing caused the Martians inconvenience.

tenth - dixieme, dixieme ('before the noun'), ('in names of monarchs and popes') dix ('after the name') ('abbreviation' X)

attempted - tenté, tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat

caused - causée, cause, raison, causer

inconvenience - inconvénients, dérangement, désagrément

Dense clouds of smoke or dust, visible through a powerful telescope on earth as little grey, fluctuating patches, spread through the clearness of the planet's atmosphere and obscured its more familiar features.

dense - dense, obscur, bouché

clouds of smoke - des nuages de fumée

visible - visible

powerful - puissant

spread - se propager, étaler, écarter, disperser, répandre, éparpiller

clearness - clarté

obscured - obscurci, obscur, sibyllin, obscurcir

more familiar - plus familier

features - caractéristiques, caractéristique, particularité, spécialité

Even the daily papers woke up to the disturbances at last, and popular notes appeared here, there, and everywhere concerning the volcanoes upon Mars. The seriocomic periodical Punch, I remember, made a happy use of it in the political cartoon.

daily papers - des journaux quotidiens

disturbances - des perturbations, trouble, tapage

appeared - est apparu, apparaître, paraître, sembler

everywhere - partout

concerning - concernant, inquiétude, souci, soin, préoccupation

volcanoes - volcans, volcan

periodical - périodique

Punch - un coup de poing, poinçonnez, poinçonnent, poinçonner

political - politique

cartoon - bande dessinée, BD, caricature, croquis, dessin animé

And, all unsuspected, those missiles the Martians had fired at us drew earthward, rushing now at a pace of many miles a second through the empty gulf of space, hour by hour and day by day, nearer and nearer. It seems to me now almost incredibly wonderful that, with that swift fate hanging over us, men could go about their petty concerns as they did.

unsuspected - insoupçonné

missiles - missiles, projectile, missile

earthward - vers la terre

rushing - se précipiter, (rush) se précipiter

pace - rythme, pas

empty - vide, vider, cadavre

swift - rapide, martinet, dévidoir

fate - le destin, destin, destinée, sort

hanging over - en suspens

petty - petit, insignifiant, mesquin

I remember how jubilant Markham was at securing a new photograph of the planet for the illustrated paper he edited in those days. People in these latter times scarcely realise the abundance and enterprise of our nineteenth-century papers.

jubilant - jubilatoire

securing - sécurisation, sur, sécuriser

Illustrated - illustré, illustra, illustrée

edited - édité, modification, correction, modifier, corriger, rediger

abundance - l'abondance, abondance

For my own part, I was much occupied in learning to ride the bicycle, and busy upon a series of papers discussing the probable developments of moral ideas as civilisation progressed.

occupied - occupée, occuper, habiter

series - suite, série

probable - probable

developments - développements, développement

moral - moral, moralité, morale

progressed - a progressé, progres

One night (the first missile then could scarcely have been 10,000,000 miles away) I went for a walk with my wife. It was starlight and I explained the Signs of the Zodiac to her, and pointed out Mars, a bright dot of light creeping zenithward, towards which so many telescopes were pointed. It was a warm night.

signs - des signes, signe

Zodiac - zodiac, zodiaque

creeping - rampant, ramper, rampement, fatigue, fluage, reptation

telescopes - télescopes, lunette

Coming home, a party of excursionists from Chertsey or Isleworth passed us singing and playing music. There were lights in the upper windows of the houses as the people went to bed. From the railway station in the distance came the sound of shunting trains, ringing and rumbling, softened almost into melody by the distance.

passed - passé, passer (devant), dépasser

railway station - la gare ferroviaire

shunting - le shuntage, (shunt), parquer, détourner le courant électrique

rumbling - grondant, grondement, (rumble), borborygme (stomach)

softened - adoucie, adoucir

melody - mélodie

My wife pointed out to me the brightness of the red, green, and yellow signal lights hanging in a framework against the sky. It seemed so safe and tranquil.

brightness - brillance, luminosité, intelligence

signal - signal, signaler

hanging - suspension, (hang) suspension

framework - structure, cadre, checkcarcasse, checkcharpente

sky - ciel, nue

safe - sur, en sécurité, o longer in danger, sans danger, sur, sauf

tranquil - tranquille

CHAPTER TWO. THE falling star

falling star - étoile filante

Then came the night of the first falling star. It was seen early in the morning, rushing over Winchester eastward, a line of flame high in the atmosphere. Hundreds must have seen it, and taken it for an ordinary falling star. Albin described it as leaving a greenish streak behind it that glowed for some seconds.

Winchester - winchester, rench:

ordinary - piece, ordinaire, quelconque

greenish - verdâtre, verdouillard

streak - de l'histoire, raie, chésias du genet

glowed - a brillé, briller, luire, irradier, lueur, éclat

Denning, our greatest authority on meteorites, stated that the height of its first appearance was about ninety or one hundred miles. It seemed to him that it fell to earth about one hundred miles east of him.

Denning - denning, taniere

authority - l'autorité, autorité

stated - a déclaré, état, Etat, déclarer

height - hauteur, taille

appearance - l'apparence, apparition, apparence, comparution

I was at home at that hour and writing in my study; and although my French windows face towards Ottershaw and the blind was up (for I loved in those days to look up at the night sky), I saw nothing of it. Yet this strangest of all things that ever came to earth from outer space must have fallen while I was sitting there, visible to me had I only looked up as it passed.

although - bien que, combien que, encore que, nonobstant que

French - français, tlangue française, t+Français

blind - aveugle, mal-voyant, mal-voyante, store, blind, aveugler

Strangest - le plus étrange, étrange, anormal, inconnu, étranger

Some of those who saw its flight say it travelled with a hissing sound. I myself heard nothing of that. Many people in Berkshire, Surrey, and Middlesex must have seen the fall of it, and, at most, have thought that another meteorite had descended. No one seems to have troubled to look for the fallen mass that night.

myself - moi-meme, me, m'

meteorite - météorite

descended - descendu, descendre

troubled - troublé, peine, mal, probleme, emmerde, fr

But very early in the morning poor Ogilvy, who had seen the shooting star and who was persuaded that a meteorite lay somewhere on the common between Horsell, Ottershaw, and Woking, rose early with the idea of finding it. Find it he did, soon after dawn, and not far from the sand pits.

shooting star - étoile filante

persuaded - persuadé, persuader, convaincre

lay - laique, pondre, pose

somewhere - quelque part

rose - Rose, (rise)

dawn - l'aube, se lever, naître, aube, lever du soleil, aurore

sand pits - des fosses de sable

An enormous hole had been made by the impact of the projectile, and the sand and gravel had been flung violently in every direction over the heath, forming heaps visible a mile and a half away. The heather was on fire eastward, and a thin blue smoke rose against the dawn.

hole - trou, réduit, fosse

impact - impact, choc, collision, affecter, toucher

projectile - projectile

sand - sable, sableuxse

gravel - graviers, gravillons, gravier

flung - jeté, lancer

heaps - tas, pile, monceau

heather - bruyere, bruyere, callune, éricacée

The Thing itself lay almost entirely buried in sand, amidst the scattered splinters of a fir tree it had shivered to fragments in its descent. The uncovered part had the appearance of a huge cylinder, caked over and its outline softened by a thick scaly dun-coloured incrustation. It had a diameter of about thirty yards.

itself - elle-meme, se, soi-meme

buried - enterré, enterrer

amidst - au milieu

scattered - dispersé, disperser, se disperser, éparpiller, parsemer

fir tree - Un sapin

shivered - frissonné, frissonner

fragments - fragments, fragment, fragmenter

uncovered - a découvert, découvrir

cylinder - cylindre, bonbonne, cylindre phonographique, barillet

thick - épais, gros, dense, opaque, incompréhensible, lourd

scaly - écailleux

dun - dun

incrustation - travestissement

diameter - diametre, diametre

He approached the mass, surprised at the size and more so at the shape, since most meteorites are rounded more or less completely. It was, however, still so hot from its flight through the air as to forbid his near approach. A stirring noise within its cylinder he ascribed to the unequal cooling of its surface; for at that time it had not occurred to him that it might be hollow.

surprised - surpris, surprise, surprendre, étonner

size - taille, ampleur, pointure

shape - forme

rounded - arrondi, rond

completely - completement, completement

forbid - interdire, nier, dénier

approach - approche, approchons, abordent, abordez, rapprochons

stirring - l'agitation, passionnant

noise - bruit, vacarme, brouhaha, boucan

within - a l'intérieur, dedans, avant, d'ici

ascribed - attribuée, imputer, attribuer, preter

hollow - creux, cavez, caver, cavent, cavons

He remained standing at the edge of the pit that the Thing had made for itself, staring at its strange appearance, astonished chiefly at its unusual shape and colour, and dimly perceiving even then some evidence of design in its arrival. The early morning was wonderfully still, and the sun, just clearing the pine trees towards Weybridge, was already warm.

remained - est restée, reste, rester, demeurer

strange - étrange, anormal, inconnu, étranger

astonished - étonné, étonner, surprendre

unusual - inhabituel, insolite, inusuel

dimly - faiblement, obscurément, vaguement, confusément

perceiving - percevoir, apercevant, (perceive)

evidence - des preuves, preuve, prouver, démontrer

arrival - arrivée, arrivant, arrivante

wonderfully - a merveille

clearing - le défrichage, clarification, clairiere, (clear), clair

pine - pin

He did not remember hearing any birds that morning, there was certainly no breeze stirring, and the only sounds were the faint movements from within the cindery cylinder. He was all alone on the common.

Certainly - certainement, surement, sans nul doute, sans aucun doute

breeze - brise

movements - mouvements, mouvement

cindery - Cendrillon

all alone - tout seul

Then suddenly he noticed with a start that some of the grey clinker, the ashy incrustation that covered the meteorite, was falling off the circular edge of the end. It was dropping off in flakes and raining down upon the sand. A large piece suddenly came off and fell with a sharp noise that brought his heart into his mouth.

noticed - remarqué, remarquer, notification, préavis

clinker - clinker

covered - couverts, couvercle, couverture, couvert

falling off - qui tombe

circular - circulaire, rond

dropping - de la chute, crotte, fiente, (drop) de la chute

flakes - flocons, flocon

sharp - pointu, affilé, coupant, affuté, tranchant

heart - cour

For a minute he scarcely realised what this meant, and, although the heat was excessive, he clambered down into the pit close to the bulk to see the Thing more clearly. He fancied even then that the cooling of the body might account for this, but what disturbed that idea was the fact that the ash was falling only from the end of the cylinder.

excessive - excessif

clambered - escaladé, grimper

bulk - en vrac, grosseur, gros, ensemble, vrac

Clearly - en clair, clairement

account - compte, supputation, demande

disturbed - perturbé, déranger, perturber, gener

ash - cendres, frene, cendre

And then he perceived that, very slowly, the circular top of the cylinder was rotating on its body. It was such a gradual movement that he discovered it only through noticing that a black mark that had been near him five minutes ago was now at the other side of the circumference.

perceived - perçue, percevoir

top - haut, dessus, sommet, couvercle, hune, premiere demi-manche

rotating - en rotation, tourner, rotationner, rotater, faire tourner

gradual - graduelle, graduel

movement - mouvement

discovered - découvert, découvrir

noticing - remarquer, notification, préavis

mark - marque, Marc

circumference - la circonférence, circonférence

Even then he scarcely understood what this indicated, until he heard a muffled grating sound and saw the black mark jerk forward an inch or so. Then the thing came upon him in a flash. The cylinder was artificial--hollow--with an end that screwed out! Something within the cylinder was unscrewing the top!

muffled - étouffé, assourdir

grating - grinçant, grille, (grate) grinçant

jerk - con, par secousse, soubresaut

forward - avant, acheminent, acheminer, avanten, acheminons

inch - pouce

artificial - artificiels

screwed - vissé, vis, hélice, visser, baiser, coucher avec

unscrewing - dévissage, dévisser

"Good heavens!" said Ogilvy. "There's a man in it--men in it! Half roasted to death! Trying to escape!"

Good heavens - Grands dieux

Roasted - rôti, rôtir, incendier, bien-cuit

At once, with a quick mental leap, he linked the Thing with the flash upon Mars.

leap - saut, sauter

linked - liés, maillon, chaînon

The thought of the confined creature was so dreadful to him that he forgot the heat and went forward to the cylinder to help turn. But luckily the dull radiation arrested him before he could burn his hands on the still-glowing metal. At that he stood irresolute for a moment, then turned, scrambled out of the pit, and set off running wildly into Woking.

confined - confiné, confiner, limite

creature - créature, etre

dreadful - épouvantable, redoutable, affreux, terrible

luckily - heureusement

dull - émoussé, ennuyeux, barbant, mat, terne, sot, obtus

radiation - les radiations, radiation, rayonnement

arrested - arreté, arrestation, arreter

burn - bruler, s'allumer, brulons, brulez, bruler, cuite, griller

glowing - rayonnante, briller, luire, irradier, lueur

metal - métal, metal

irresolute - irrésolu

scrambled - brouillés, ruer

wildly - sauvage, sauvagement

The time then must have been somewhere about six o'clock. He met a waggoner and tried to make him understand, but the tale he told and his appearance were so wild--his hat had fallen off in the pit--that the man simply drove on. He was equally unsuccessful with the potman who was just unlocking the doors of the public-house by Horsell Bridge.

waggoner - waggoner

Tale - conte, récit

wild - sauvage, pétulant, grose

fallen off - Tomber

equally - également

unsuccessful - sans succes

potman - potman

unlocking - déverrouillage, déverrouiller, débloquer

public-house - (public-house) une maison publique

Bridge - le pont, carpette

The fellow thought he was a lunatic at large and made an unsuccessful attempt to shut him into the taproom. That sobered him a little; and when he saw Henderson, the London journalist, in his garden, he called over the palings and made himself understood.

fellow - un camarade, ensemble, mâle

lunatic - lunatique, dément, démente, aliéné, aliénée

attempt - tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat

shut - fermé, fermer

taproom - taproom

sobered - dégrisé, sobre, cuver

journalist - journaliste

called over - appelé

palings - palissades, pieu

"Henderson," he called, "you saw that shooting star last night?"

shooting - le tir, tir, fusillade, (shoot) le tir

"Well?" said Henderson.

"It's out on Horsell Common now."

"Good Lord!" said Henderson. "Fallen meteorite! That's good."

Lord - châtelain, seigneur, monsieur

"But it's something more than a meteorite. It's a cylinder--an artificial cylinder, man! And there's something inside."

inside - a l'intérieur, intérieur, dedans, au-dedans, la-dedans

Henderson stood up with his spade in his hand.

spade - beche, creuser, palette

"What's that?" he said. He was deaf in one ear.

deaf - sourd, les sourds

Ogilvy told him all that he had seen. Henderson was a minute or so taking it in. Then he dropped his spade, snatched up his jacket, and came out into the road. The two men hurried back at once to the common, and found the cylinder still lying in the same position. But now the sounds inside had ceased, and a thin circle of bright metal showed between the top and the body of the cylinder.

dropped - a déposé, goutte

snatched up - arraché

hurried - pressé, précipitation, hâte, dépecher

lying - gisant, sis, mentant, (lie) gisant

position - position, poste

Air was either entering or escaping at the rim with a thin, sizzling sound.

entering - entrant, (enter), entrer, rench: t-needed r, taper

escaping - s'échapper, échapper, éviter, tirer

rim - jante

sizzling - grésillant, sifflant, (sizzle), grésiller, grésillement

They listened, rapped on the scaly burnt metal with a stick, and, meeting with no response, they both concluded the man or men inside must be insensible or dead.

rapped - rappé, coup sec

burnt - brulé, brulé, (burn) brulé

stick - bâton, canne, stick

response - réponse

concluded - conclu, conclure

insensible - insensible

dead - morts, mort, milieu, cour, profondeurs

Of course the two were quite unable to do anything. They shouted consolation and promises, and went off back to the town again to get help. One can imagine them, covered with sand, excited and disordered, running up the little street in the bright sunlight just as the shop folks were taking down their shutters and people were opening their bedroom windows.

unable - incapable, inapte, inhabile

shouted - crié, cri

consolation - consoler, consolation

promises - des promesses, vou, promesse, promettre

disordered - désordonné, désordre, trouble

running up - en cours d'exécution

sunlight - la lumiere du soleil, lumiere du soleil

folks - des gens, populaire, peuple

taking down - descendre

shutters - des volets, volet, contrevent, obturateur

Henderson went into the railway station at once, in order to telegraph the news to London. The newspaper articles had prepared men's minds for the reception of the idea.

Railway - chemins de fer, chemin de fer, réseau ferroviaire, voie ferrée

reception - réception, accueil

By eight o'clock a number of boys and unemployed men had already started for the common to see the "dead men from Mars." That was the form the story took. I heard of it first from my newspaper boy about a quarter to nine when I went out to get my Daily Chronicle. I was naturally startled, and lost no time in going out and across the Ottershaw bridge to the sand pits.

unemployed - sans emploi

chronicle - chronique

naturally - naturellement

startled - surpris, sursauter, surprendre

pits - fosses, fosse


I found a little crowd of perhaps twenty people surrounding the huge hole in which the cylinder lay. I have already described the appearance of that colossal bulk, embedded in the ground. The turf and gravel about it seemed charred as if by a sudden explosion. No doubt its impact had caused a flash of fire. Henderson and Ogilvy were not there.

crowd - foule, acculer, amas, marée humaine

embedded - intégré, insérer, encastrer, incruster, plonger dans

ground - sol, foncierere, terre, terrain, (grind) sol

turf - gazon, motte de gazon, hippodrome, champ de courses, gazonner

charred - carbonisé, carboniser

sudden - soudain, soudaine, subit

doubt - des doutes, douter, doute

I think they perceived that nothing was to be done for the present, and had gone away to breakfast at Henderson's house.

gone away - est parti

There were four or five boys sitting on the edge of the Pit, with their feet dangling, and amusing themselves--until I stopped them--by throwing stones at the giant mass. After I had spoken to them about it, they began playing at "touch" in and out of the group of bystanders.

dangling - pendante, ballant, (dangle), pendre, pendouiller

amusing - amusant, amuser

stones - des pierres, pierre, t+roche, t+caillou, t+roc

giant - géant

touch - toucher, émouvoir, contact

bystanders - des passants, passant, badaud

Among these were a couple of cyclists, a jobbing gardener I employed sometimes, a girl carrying a baby, Gregg the butcher and his little boy, and two or three loafers and golf caddies who were accustomed to hang about the railway station. There was very little talking. Few of the common people in England had anything but the vaguest astronomical ideas in those days.

among - parmi

couple - couple, paire, époux, quelques, deux ou trois., coupler

cyclists - cyclistes, cycliste

gardener - jardinier, jardiniere

employed - employés, employer, embaucher, recruter

butcher - boucher, charcutier, abattre, (butch), hommasse

golf - golf, golfer

accustomed - habitué, accoutumer

hang about - s'accrocher

vaguest - le plus vague, vague

Most of them were staring quietly at the big table like end of the cylinder, which was still as Ogilvy and Henderson had left it. I fancy the popular expectation of a heap of charred corpses was disappointed at this inanimate bulk. Some went away while I was there, and other people came. I clambered into the pit and fancied I heard a faint movement under my feet.

quietly - paisablement, tranquillement, quietement

fancy - fantaisie, imaginer, songer

expectation - attentes, attente

heap - tas, pile, monceau

corpses - des cadavres, cadavre, corps, corps sans vie

disappointed - déçue, décevoir, désappointer

inanimate - inanimé

went away - est parti

The top had certainly ceased to rotate.

rotate - tourner, rotationner, rotater, faire tourner, intervertir

It was only when I got thus close to it that the strangeness of this object was at all evident to me. At the first glance it was really no more exciting than an overturned carriage or a tree blown across the road. Not so much so, indeed. It looked like a rusty gas float.

thus - donc, ainsi, tellement, pour cette raison, également

strangeness - l'étrangeté, étrangeté

evident - évidentes, évident

glance - regard, jeter un coup d’oil

more exciting - plus excitant

overturned - annulée, renverser, retourner, capoter, verser

carriage - transport, rench: t-needed r, carrosse, port, chariot

blown - soufflé, coup

rusty - rubigineux

float - flotter, flotteur, taloche, char, flottant, float

It required a certain amount of scientific education to perceive that the grey scale of the Thing was no common oxide, that the yellowish-white metal that gleamed in the crack between the lid and the cylinder had an unfamiliar hue. "Extra-terrestrial" had no meaning for most of the onlookers.

required - nécessaires, exiger, demander, avoir besoin de, requérir

Certain - certain, quelconque

amount - montant, quantité, monter, correspondre

scientific - scientifique

education - l'éducation, éducation, enseignement

perceive - percevoir

scale - échelle, escaladez, escalader, escaladent, gravir, bareme

oxide - oxyde

yellowish - jaunâtre

gleamed - brillait, luire

crack - crack, croustiller, fissure, craquement, fracas, craquer

lid - couvercle

unfamiliar - peu familier

hue - teinte, nuance

onlookers - des badauds, spectateur/-trice

At that time it was quite clear in my own mind that the Thing had come from the planet Mars, but I judged it improbable that it contained any living creature. I thought the unscrewing might be automatic. In spite of Ogilvy, I still believed that there were men in Mars.

clear - clair, transparent, libre, dégagé, sans ambiguité, s'éclaircir

mind - l'esprit, esprit, raison, intelligence, mémoire

judged - jugée, juger

contained - contenu, contenir

automatic - automatique, semi-automatique

My mind ran fancifully on the possibilities of its containing manuscript, on the difficulties in translation that might arise, whether we should find coins and models in it, and so forth. Yet it was a little too large for assurance on this idea. I felt an impatience to see it opened. About eleven, as nothing seemed happening, I walked back, full of such thought, to my home in Maybury.

fancifully - avec fantaisie

possibilities - possibilités, possibilité

containing - contenant, contenir

manuscript - manuscrit

difficulties - des difficultés, difficulté

translation - traduction, translation, transmission

arise - se lever, surgir, apparaitre, naitre

whether - si, que, soit, si oui ou non

coins - pieces de monnaie, piece de monnaie, jeton

forth - avant, en avant

Impatience - impatience

But I found it difficult to get to work upon my abstract investigations.

abstract - résumé, abstrait, abstraire, distiller, se retirer

investigations - des enquetes, investigation

In the afternoon the appearance of the common had altered very much. The early editions of the evening papers had startled London with enormous headlines:

altered - modifié, transformer, changer, altérer

editions - éditions, édition

headlines - les titres, titre, manchette



remarkable - remarquable

and so forth. In addition, Ogilvy's wire to the Astronomical Exchange had roused every observatory in the three kingdoms.

Addition - addition, ajout

wire - fil de fer, fil

roused - réveillé, réveiller

kingdoms - royaumes, royaume, regne

There were half a dozen flies or more from the Woking station standing in the road by the sand pits, a basket-chaise from Chobham, and a rather lordly carriage. Besides that, there was quite a heap of bicycles.

dozen - douzaine, dizaine

basket - panier

besides - d'ailleurs, aupres

In addition, a large number of people must have walked, in spite of the heat of the day, from Woking and Chertsey, so that there was altogether quite a considerable crowd--one or two gaily dressed ladies among the others.

altogether - tout a fait, completement, en meme temps, quoi qu'il en soit

considerable - considérable

gaily - gaiement

ladies - mesdames, dame, madame, lady

It was glaringly hot, not a cloud in the sky nor a breath of wind, and the only shadow was that of the few scattered pine trees. The burning heather had been extinguished, but the level ground towards Ottershaw was blackened as far as one could see, and still giving off vertical streamers of smoke.

glaringly - de maniere flagrante

cloud - nuage, s'obscurcir

breath - respiration, souffle, haleine

wind - vent, emmailloter, détortiller, langer, enrouler

shadow - l'ombre, ombre, prendre en filature, filer

burning - bruler, brulant, ardent, brulage, (burn) bruler

extinguished - éteinte, éteindre

blackened - noirci, noircir, souiller, salir

vertical - verticale, vertical

streamers - des banderoles, fanion

An enterprising sweet-stuff dealer in the Chobham Road had sent up his son with a barrow-load of green apples and ginger beer.

enterprising - entreprenante, entreprenant

sweet - doux, doucement, friandise, bonbon, sucreries

stuff - trucs, truc, substance (1), checkmachin (2), checktruc (2)

barrow - barrow, tertre

load - charge, chargement, fardeau

ginger - gingembre

Going to the edge of the pit, I found it occupied by a group of about half a dozen men--Henderson, Ogilvy, and a tall, fair-haired man that I afterwards learned was Stent, the Astronomer Royal, with several workmen wielding spades and pickaxes. Stent was giving directions in a clear, high-pitched voice.

fair - équitable, blond, exposition, foire, marché, kermesse, juste

haired - cheveux

Stent - stent

Royal - royal, royale, trochure, cacatois

several - plusieurs

workmen - des ouvriers, ouvrier

wielding - de l'armement, manier, brandir, exercer

spades - piques, beche, pelle

pickaxes - pioches, pioche, piocher

directions - des directions, direction

pitched - lancé, dresser

voice - voix

He was standing on the cylinder, which was now evidently much cooler; his face was crimson and streaming with perspiration, and something seemed to have irritated him.

streaming - streaming, (stream), ruisseau, ru, rupt, filet, flot, courant

perspiration - la transpiration, transpiration

irritated - irritée, agacer (displeasure)

A large portion of the cylinder had been uncovered, though its lower end was still embedded. As soon as Ogilvy saw me among the staring crowd on the edge of the pit he called to me to come down, and asked me if I would mind going over to see Lord Hilton, the lord of the manor.

portion - part, portion

though - mais, néanmoins, cependant, malgré, bien que

lower - plus bas, abaisser, en privé, rabattre, baissent

Manor - manoir, maison-forte, seigneurie

The growing crowd, he said, was becoming a serious impediment to their excavations, especially the boys. They wanted a light railing put up, and help to keep the people back. He told me that a faint stirring was occasionally still audible within the case, but that the workmen had failed to unscrew the top, as it afforded no grip to them.

serious - sérieux

impediment - obstacle, empechement, irritant, entrave

excavations - des fouilles, fouille

especially - spécialement, particulierement, surtout, en particulier

railing - garde-corps, rampe, (rail) garde-corps

Occasionally - occasionnellement

case - cas, affaire, fouille, étui, chose

unscrew - dévisser

afforded - de l'entreprise, permettre

grip - poignée, ballot, grippe, saisir, agripper, préhension

The case appeared to be enormously thick, and it was possible that the faint sounds we heard represented a noisy tumult in the interior.

enormously - énormément

represented - représentée, représenter

noisy - bruyante, bruyant, tonitruant

tumult - tumultes, barouf, baroufe, bagarre

interior - intérieur

I was very glad to do as he asked, and so become one of the privileged spectators within the contemplated enclosure. I failed to find Lord Hilton at his house, but I was told he was expected from London by the six o'clock train from Waterloo; and as it was then about a quarter past five, I went home, had some tea, and walked up to the station to waylay him.

Glad - heureux, heureuse

privileged - privilégiée, privilege, privilégier

spectators - spectateurs, spectateur, spectatrice, badaud, badaude

contemplated - envisagée, envisager, étudier, contempler

enclosure - l'enfermement, piece jointe, encloitrer, encloîtrer, enclos

expected - attendue, attendre, s'attendre a

Waterloo - Waterloo

waylay - waylay, comploter


When I returned to the common the sun was setting. Scattered groups were hurrying from the direction of Woking, and one or two persons were returning. The crowd about the pit had increased, and stood out black against the lemon yellow of the sky--a couple of hundred people, perhaps. There were raised voices, and some sort of struggle appeared to be going on about the pit.

setting - de l'environnement, réglage, configuration

hurrying - se dépecher, dépechant, (hurry), précipitation, hâte

increased - augmenté, augmenter, croître, accroître, augmentation

lemon yellow - jaune citron

raised - soulevée, (sou)lever

voices - voix

sort - tri, assortir, esrece, assortis, sorte

Strange imaginings passed through my mind. As I drew nearer I heard Stent's voice:

passed through - Passé a travers

"Keep back! Keep back!"

A boy came running towards me.

"It's a-movin'," he said to me as he passed; "a-screwin'and a-screwin'out. I don't like it. I'm a-goin''ome, I am."

movin - bouger

screwin - vissage

goin - aller

I went on to the crowd. There were really, I should think, two or three hundred people elbowing and jostling one another, the one or two ladies there being by no means the least active.

elbowing - coude, coup de coude, jouer des coudes

jostling - bousculade, (jostle), bousculer

active - active, actif

"He's fallen in the pit!" cried some one.

cried - pleuré, pleurer, crier, hurler, gueuler, pleur, cri

"Keep back!" said several.

The crowd swayed a little, and I elbowed my way through. Every one seemed greatly excited. I heard a peculiar humming sound from the pit.

swayed - balancés, autorité, poids, influence, prépondérance, balancer

elbowed - coudée, coude, coup de coude, jouer des coudes

greatly - grandement

humming - fredonner, (hum), bourdonner, fourmiller

"I say!" said Ogilvy; "help keep these idiots back. We don't know what's in the confounded thing, you know!"

Idiots - idiots, idiot, idiote

I saw a young man, a shop assistant in Woking I believe he was, standing on the cylinder and trying to scramble out of the hole again. The crowd had pushed him in.

assistant - assistant, aide, auxiliaire

scramble - brouiller, faire de l'escalade, bousculade, interception

pushed - poussé, pousser

The end of the cylinder was being screwed out from within. Nearly two feet of shining screw projected. Somebody blundered against me, and I narrowly missed being pitched onto the top of the screw. I turned, and as I did so the screw must have come out, for the lid of the cylinder fell upon the gravel with a ringing concussion.

nearly - presque

shining - brillant, briller, éclairer

screw - vis, hélice, visser, baiser, coucher avec, fourrer, foutre

blundered - gaffe, qualifier

onto - sur

concussion - choc, commotion, commotion cérébrale

I stuck my elbow into the person behind me, and turned my head towards the Thing again. For a moment that circular cavity seemed perfectly black. I had the sunset in my eyes.

stuck - coincé, enfoncer

elbow - coude, coup de coude, jouer des coudes

cavity - cavité, carie

perfectly - parfaitement

sunset - coucher de soleil, crépuscule

I think everyone expected to see a man emerge--possibly something a little unlike us terrestrial men, but in all essentials a man. I know I did. But, looking, I presently saw something stirring within the shadow: greyish billowy movements, one above another, and then two luminous disks--like eyes.

emerge - émerger, sortir

Possibly - peut-etre, possiblement, peut-etre

unlike - contrairement a, différent

essentials - essentiels, indispensable, essentiel, fondamental

greyish - grisâtre

luminous - lumineux

disks - disques, disque

Then something resembling a little grey snake, about the thickness of a walking stick, coiled up out of the writhing middle, and wriggled in the air towards me--and then another.

resembling - ressemblant, ressembler

thickness - l'épaisseur, épaisseur, grosseur

coiled - enroulé, enrouler

Middle - au milieu, milieu, moyen, central

wriggled - s'est tortillé, remuer, se tortiller

then another - puis un autre

A sudden chill came over me. There was a loud shriek from a woman behind. I half turned, keeping my eyes fixed upon the cylinder still, from which other tentacles were now projecting, and began pushing my way back from the edge of the pit. I saw astonishment giving place to horror on the faces of the people about me. I heard inarticulate exclamations on all sides.

chill - refroidissement, froid

loud - bruyante, fort

shriek - cri, hurlement, crier

fixed - fixé, réparer, fixer, préparer, truquer, tricher, réparation

tentacles - des tentacules, tentacule, pieuvre

pushing - poussant, pousser

astonishment - l'étonnement, étonnement

horror - l'horreur, horreur, effroi, dégout, aversion

exclamations - exclamations, exclamation

all sides - de tous les côtés

There was a general movement backwards. I saw the shopman struggling still on the edge of the pit. I found myself alone, and saw the people on the other side of the pit running off, Stent among them. I looked again at the cylinder, and ungovernable terror gripped me. I stood petrified and staring.

general - général, communal, en chef, universal, d'ensemble

backwards - a l'envers, arriéré, en arriere, a reculons

shopman - commerçant

struggling - en difficulté, luttant, (struggle), lutte, lutter, s'efforcer

alone - seul

ungovernable - ingouvernable

terror - la terreur, terreur, effroi, terrorisme

gripped - saisi, empoigner

Petrified - pétrifié, pétrifier

A big greyish rounded bulk, the size, perhaps, of a bear, was rising slowly and painfully out of the cylinder. As it bulged up and caught the light, it glistened like wet leather.

bear - ours, endurer, naîs, produire, souffrir, subir

painfully - douloureusement

bulged - bombé, bombement, bosse, protubérance, bomber, déformer

caught - pris, prise, touche, loquet, loqueteau, verrou, hic, couille

glistened - a brillé, reluire

wet - humide, mouillé, mouiller, se mouiller

leather - cuir, de cuir

Two large dark-coloured eyes were regarding me steadfastly. The mass that framed them, the head of the thing, was rounded, and had, one might say, a face. There was a mouth under the eyes, the lipless brim of which quivered and panted, and dropped saliva. The whole creature heaved and pulsated convulsively. A lank tentacular appendage gripped the edge of the cylinder, another swayed in the air.

regarding - concernant, considérer

steadfastly - fermement

framed - encadré, encadrer, cadre, armature, ossature

lipless - sans lien

brim - bord

panted - paniqué, haleter

saliva - salive

heaved - heaved, hisser

convulsively - convulsivement

lank - lank, plats

tentacular - tentaculaire

Those who have never seen a living Martian can scarcely imagine the strange horror of its appearance.

Martian - martien, martienne

The peculiar V-shaped mouth with its pointed upper lip, the absence of brow ridges, the absence of a chin beneath the wedgelike lower lip, the incessant quivering of this mouth, the Gorgon groups of tentacles, the tumultuous breathing of the lungs in a strange atmosphere, the evident heaviness and painfulness of movement due to the greater gravitational energy of the earth--above all, the extraordinary intensity of the immense eyes--were at once vital, intense, inhuman, crippled and monstrous. There was something fungoid in the oily brown skin, something in the clumsy deliberation of the tedious movements unspeakably nasty. Even at this first encounter, this first glimpse, I was overcome with disgust and dread.

shaped - en forme, forme

upper lip - la levre supérieure

absence - absence, manque, absence du fer

brow - sourcils, andouiller d'oil, maître andouiller

ridges - cretes, crete, faîte, dorsale

chin - menton

beneath - dessous

wedgelike - wedgelike

lower lip - la levre inférieure

quivering - tremblant, frémir

Gorgon - gorgone

tumultuous - tumultuaire, tumultueux, tumultueuse, orageux

breathing - respirer, respiration, (breath), souffle, haleine

lungs - poumons, poumon

heaviness - lourdeur

painfulness - endolorissement

due - due, du

gravitational - gravitationnel

energy - l'énergie, énergie, courage

extraordinary - extraordinaire

intensity - l'intensité, intensité

immense - immense

vital - vitale, vital

intense - intense

inhuman - inhumaine

crippled - estropié, infirme, estropier, bridé

monstrous - monstrueux

fungoid - fungoid, fongoide, fongiforme

oily - huileux, onctueux

skin - la peau, peau, apparence, écorcher, égratigner, dépouiller

clumsy - empoté, gauche, lourd, maladroit

tedious - fastidieux, laborieux

unspeakably - de maniere indescriptible

encounter - rencontre

Glimpse - aperçu, entrevoir

overcome - vaincre, surmonter, envahir

disgust - dégout, dégouter, dégout

dread - peur, redouter, craindre, crainte

Suddenly the monster vanished. It had toppled over the brim of the cylinder and fallen into the pit, with a thud like the fall of a great mass of leather. I heard it give a peculiar thick cry, and forthwith another of these creatures appeared darkly in the deep shadow of the aperture.

monster - monstre, bete, monstrueux

toppled - renversé, renverser, (of statues) déboulonner, tomber, chuter

thud - bruit sourd, martelement, marteler

cry - pleurer, crier, hurler, gueuler, pleur, cri

forthwith - immédiatement, aussitôt, séance tenante, de ce pas

darkly - sombrement

deep - profond, épais, grave, foncé, foncée, profondeurs

aperture - ouverture

I turned and, running madly, made for the first group of trees, perhaps a hundred yards away; but I ran slantingly and stumbling, for I could not avert my face from these things.

madly - a la folie, follement

slantingly - de maniere oblique

stumbling - trébucher, chute, faux pas, bourde

avert - éviter, prévenir

There, among some young pine trees and furze bushes, I stopped, panting, and waited further developments. The common round the sand pits was dotted with people, standing like myself in a half-fascinated terror, staring at these creatures, or rather at the heaped gravel at the edge of the pit in which they lay.

furze - furze

bushes - buissons, buisson

panting - haletant, (pant) haletant

further - encourager, ultérieur, plus loin, de plus, (furth)

dotted - en pointillés, point

fascinated - fasciné, fasciner

heaped - en tas, tas, pile, monceau

And then, with a renewed horror, I saw a round, black object bobbing up and down on the edge of the pit. It was the head of the shopman who had fallen in, but showing as a little black object against the hot western sun. Now he got his shoulder and knee up, and again he seemed to slip back until only his head was visible.

renewed - renouvelée, renouveler

bobbing - bobbing, monter et descendre (sur place)

Western - occidentale, occidental, western

slip - glisser, fiche, lapsus, patiner

Suddenly he vanished, and I could have fancied a faint shriek had reached me. I had a momentary impulse to go back and help him that my fears overruled.

reached - atteint, arriver/parvenir a

momentary - momentanée

impulse - impulsion

fears - des craintes, peur

overruled - annulée, annuler, rejeter

Everything was then quite invisible, hidden by the deep pit and the heap of sand that the fall of the cylinder had made.

hidden - caché, (se) cacher

of sand - de sable

Anyone coming along the road from Chobham or Woking would have been amazed at the sight--a dwindling multitude of perhaps a hundred people or more standing in a great irregular circle, in ditches, behind bushes, behind gates and hedges, saying little to one another and that in short, excited shouts, and staring, staring hard at a few heaps of sand.

coming along - Avance

amazed - stupéfait, stupéfier

sight - vue, quelque chose a voir, truc a voir, mire, viseur

dwindling - en baisse, diminuer, fondre, s'amenuiser, se tarir

multitude - multitude

irregular - irréguliere, irrégulier

ditches - fossés, fossé

gates - portes, porte, barriere

hedges - des haies, haie

shouts - crie, cri

The barrow of ginger beer stood, a queer derelict, black against the burning sky, and in the sand pits was a row of deserted vehicles with their horses feeding out of nosebags or pawing the ground.

Row - rangée, tintamarre, canoter, ramer

queer - pédé, étrange, bizarre

derelict - a l'abandon, abandonné, délaissé, (tombé) en ruines

deserted - désertée, abandonner

vehicles - véhicules, véhicule, moyen de transport

feeding - l'alimentation, alimentant, (feed) l'alimentation

nosebags - les sacs de nez, musette, moreau

pawing - pattes, patte


ray - rayon, émission

After the glimpse I had had of the Martians emerging from the cylinder in which they had come to the earth from their planet, a kind of fascination paralysed my actions. I remained standing knee-deep in the heather, staring at the mound that hid them. I was a battleground of fear and curiosity.

emerging - émergents, émerger, sortir

paralysed - paralysé, paralyser

mound - butte, monticule, tertre, butter

hid - caché, (hide) caché

battleground - champ de bataille

fear - peur, angoisse, craignent, crainte, crains, craignons

curiosity - curiosité

I did not dare to go back towards the pit, but I felt a passionate longing to peer into it. I began walking, therefore, in a big curve, seeking some point of vantage and continually looking at the sand heaps that hid these new-comers to our earth.

dare - oser, aventurer

passionate - passionné

peer - pair

therefore - par conséquent, en conséquence, donc, pour ça

curve - courbe, courbes, courber

seeking - a la recherche, chercher

vantage - avantage

Once a leash of thin black whips, like the arms of an octopus, flashed across the sunset and was immediately withdrawn, and afterwards a thin rod rose up, joint by joint, bearing at its apex a circular disk that spun with a wobbling motion. What could be going on there?

leash - laisse

whips - des fouets, fouet, whip, fouetter, flageller, défaire, battre

octopus - pieuvre, poulpe

flashed - flashé, éclair, lueur

immediately - immédiatement, tout de suite, aussitôt

withdrawn - retiré, (se) retirer

rod - tige, canne a peche, verges, bite, paf, pine, queue, vit, zob

joint - conjoint, commun, articulation, rotule, jointure, assemblage

bearing - naissant, coussinet, (bear) naissant

apex - apex, sommet, apogée

spun - filé, tournoyer, (faire) tourner

wobbling - vaciller, (wobble), vacillement, osciller, branler

motion - mouvement, motion

Most of the spectators had gathered in one or two groups--one a little crowd towards Woking, the other a knot of people in the direction of Chobham. Evidently they shared my mental conflict. There were few near me. One man I approached--he was, I perceived, a neighbour of mine, though I did not know his name--and accosted. But it was scarcely a time for articulate conversation.

gathered - rassemblés, rassembler, ramasser, recueillir

knot - noud, nodale

conflict - conflit, incompatibilité

mine - la mienne, mienne, miniere

accosted - accosté, accoster

articulate - articuler, articulez, articulons, articulent

"What ugly brutes!" he said. "Good God! What ugly brutes!" He repeated this over and over again.

ugly - laid, moche, vilain

brutes - brutes, bete, brutal

God - dieu, idolâtrer, déifier

"Did you see a man in the pit?" I said; but he made no answer to that. We became silent, and stood watching for a time side by side, deriving, I fancy, a certain comfort in one another's company. Then I shifted my position to a little knoll that gave me the advantage of a yard or more of elevation and when I looked for him presently he was walking towards Woking.

became silent - est devenu silencieux

deriving - dériver, tirer, trouver, déduire, conclure

comfort - le confort, confort, consoler

shifted - décalé, quart, équipe, poste, décalage, vitesse

knoll - nid d'abeilles

advantage - avantage, avantager, favoriser

elevation - l'élévation, élévation

looked for - cherché

The sunset faded to twilight before anything further happened. The crowd far away on the left, towards Woking, seemed to grow, and I heard now a faint murmur from it. The little knot of people towards Chobham dispersed. There was scarcely an intimation of movement from the pit.

faded - fanée, (s')affaiblir, diminuer

twilight - demi-jour, crépuscule, entre chien et loup, pénombre, brumes

murmur - murmure, rumeur, souffle, murmurer

dispersed - dispersé, disperser, qualifier

intimation - intimation

It was this, as much as anything, that gave people courage, and I suppose the new arrivals from Woking also helped to restore confidence. At any rate, as the dusk came on a slow, intermittent movement upon the sand pits began, a movement that seemed to gather force as the stillness of the evening about the cylinder remained unbroken.

courage - bravoure, courage, cour, vaillance

suppose - supposer, imaginer

arrivals - arrivées, arrivée, arrivant, arrivante

restore - restaurer, rétablir, rendre, restituer

confidence - assurance, confiance en soi, confiance, confidence

rate - taux, taxer, évaluer, tarifaire, dividende, rang

dusk - crépuscule

intermittent - intermittent

force - force, forcez, contrainte, forçons, contraindre, forcent

stillness - l'immobilité, calme, immobilité

unbroken - ininterrompue

Vertical black figures in twos and threes would advance, stop, watch, and advance again, spreading out as they did so in a thin irregular crescent that promised to enclose the pit in its attenuated horns. I, too, on my side began to move towards the pit.

figures - chiffres, figure, forme, personnage, personnalité

Crescent - le croissant, croissant

promised - promis, vou, promesse, promettre

horns - des cornes, corne, cor, klaxon, cuivres-p

Then I saw some cabmen and others had walked boldly into the sand pits, and heard the clatter of hoofs and the gride of wheels. I saw a lad trundling off the barrow of apples. And then, within thirty yards of the pit, advancing from the direction of Horsell, I noted a little black knot of men, the foremost of whom was waving a white flag.

boldly - hardiment

clatter - claquer, craquer, claquement, craquement, vacarme

hoofs - sabots, sabot

gride - gride

wheels - roues, roue, barre, rouler

lad - lad, garçon, gars, jeune homme, palefrenier

advancing - l'avancement, élever, avancer, avancée, progression

foremost - avant tout

whom - que, qui

waving - en faisant signe de la main, (wave) en faisant signe de la main

flag - drapeau, étendard, fanion, pavillon

This was the Deputation. There had been a hasty consultation, and since the Martians were evidently, in spite of their repulsive forms, intelligent creatures, it had been resolved to show them, by approaching them with signals, that we too were intelligent.

hasty - hâtive, hâtif

consultation - consultation

repulsive - répugnant

resolved - résolu, prendre la résolution de

approaching - en approche, (s')approcher (de)

signals - des signaux, signal, signaler

Flutter, flutter, went the flag, first to the right, then to the left. It was too far for me to recognise anyone there, but afterwards I learned that Ogilvy, Stent, and Henderson were with others in this attempt at communication.

flutter - flottement, faséyer, voleter, voltiger, battement

recognise - reconnaître

communication - la communication, communication, message

This little group had in its advance dragged inward, so to speak, the circumference of the now almost complete circle of people, and a number of dim black figures followed it at discreet distances.

dragged - traîné, tirer, entraîner

inward - vers l'intérieur, intérieur

dim - dim, faible, vague

discreet - discret

distances - les distances, distance, éloigner, fr

Suddenly there was a flash of light, and a quantity of luminous greenish smoke came out of the pit in three distinct puffs, which drove up, one after the other, straight into the still air.

quantity - quantité

distinct - distinct, intelligible, reconnaissable

puffs - bouffées, souffle, bouffée

straight - droit, rectiligne, comme il faut, pur, pure, hétéro, tout droit

This smoke (or flame, perhaps, would be the better word for it) was so bright that the deep blue sky overhead and the hazy stretches of brown common towards Chertsey, set with black pine trees, seemed to darken abruptly as these puffs arose, and to remain the darker after their dispersal. At the same time a faint hissing sound became audible.

overhead - des frais généraux, dessus, sur, au dessus, aérien, grippage

hazy - brumeux, flou, trouble, vague

darken - s'assombrir, obscurcir, assombrir, foncer

abruptly - brusquement, abruptement, tout d'un coup, précipitamment

arose - s'est élevé, se lever, relever

remain - reste, rester, demeurer

dispersal - dispersion

Beyond the pit stood the little wedge of people with the white flag at its apex, arrested by these phenomena, a little knot of small vertical black shapes upon the black ground. As the green smoke arose, their faces flashed out pallid green, and faded again as it vanished. Then slowly the hissing passed into a humming, into a long, loud, droning noise.

wedge - coin, cale, toquade

phenomena - des phénomenes

shapes - formes, forme

pallid - pâle, blafard

faded - fanée, mode, lubie

droning - bourdonnement, faux-bourdon

Slowly a humped shape rose out of the pit, and the ghost of a beam of light seemed to flicker out from it.

humped - bosselé, bosse, sauterie, cafard, arrondir

ghost - fantôme, spectre, esprit, revenant

beam - madrier, poutre, merrain, perche, limon, timon, age, faisceau

flicker - scintillement, flottge

Forthwith flashes of actual flame, a bright glare leaping from one to another, sprang from the scattered group of men. It was as if some invisible jet impinged upon them and flashed into white flame. It was as if each man were suddenly and momentarily turned to fire.

flashes - flashes, éclair, lueur

actual - réel, effectif, checkeffectif, checkprésent

glare - éblouissement, éclat

leaping - sauter, bondir

impinged - empiétée, toucher, butter, cogner, influencer, troubler

momentarily - momentanément

Then, by the light of their own destruction, I saw them staggering and falling, and their supporters turning to run.

supporters - supporters, partisan, partisane, supporter, supporteur

I stood staring, not as yet realising that this was death leaping from man to man in that little distant crowd. All I felt was that it was something very strange. An almost noiseless and blinding flash of light, and a man fell headlong and lay still; and as the unseen shaft of heat passed over them, pine trees burst into fire, and every dry furze bush became with one dull thud a mass of flames.

noiseless - sans bruit, silencieux

headlong - tete baissée, la tete la premiere

unseen - invisible

shaft - arbre, hampe, rachis, cage, entuber

passed over - Passé par-dessus

dry - sec, anhydre, sécher, tfaire sécher

bush - buisson, arbuste, brousse

flames - flammes, flamme, polémique

And far away towards Knaphill I saw the flashes of trees and hedges and wooden buildings suddenly set alight.

wooden - en bois, boisé, raide

alight - s'enflammer, amerrissent, amerris, amerrissons, amerrissez

It was sweeping round swiftly and steadily, this flaming death, this invisible, inevitable sword of heat. I perceived it coming towards me by the flashing bushes it touched, and was too astounded and stupefied to stir. I heard the crackle of fire in the sand pits and the sudden squeal of a horse that was as suddenly stilled.

sweeping - balayage, a l'emporteiece, radical, complet

inevitable - inévitable

sword - l'épée, épée, glaive, épéiste

touched - touché, toucher, émouvoir, contact

astounded - stupéfait, étonner, stupéfier, ébahir, épater

stupefied - stupéfait, stupéfier, abrutir, hébéter, sidérer, abasourdir

stir - remuer, affecter

crackle - crépitement, crépiter

squeal - grincement, crissement, crier, hurler, crisser, dénoncer

Then it was as if an invisible yet intensely heated finger were drawn through the heather between me and the Martians, and all along a curving line beyond the sand pits the dark ground smoked and crackled. Something fell with a crash far away to the left where the road from Woking station opens out on the common.

intensely - intensément

heated - chauffé, température

finger - doigt, pointer, tripoter, doigter

drawn through - Dessiner a travers

along - le long de, accompagné, rench: t-needed r

curving - en courbe, courbe, courbes, courber

smoked - fumé, fumée

crackled - crépité, crépitement, crépiter

crash - crash, fracas

Forth-with the hissing and humming ceased, and the black, dome-like object sank slowly out of sight into the pit.

dome - dôme

sank - a coulé, couler, s'enfoncer, évier, lavabo

All this had happened with such swiftness that I had stood motionless, dumbfounded and dazzled by the flashes of light. Had that death swept through a full circle, it must inevitably have slain me in my surprise. But it passed and spared me, and left the night about me suddenly dark and unfamiliar.

swiftness - rapidité

motionless - immobile

dumbfounded - abasourdi, abasourdir

dazzled - éblouie, éblouir

inevitably - inévitablement

slain - tué, tuer

my surprise - ma surprise

spared - épargnée, espar

The undulating common seemed now dark almost to blackness, except where its roadways lay grey and pale under the deep blue sky of the early night. It was dark, and suddenly void of men. Overhead the stars were mustering, and in the west the sky was still a pale, bright, almost greenish blue. The tops of the pine trees and the roofs of Horsell came out sharp and black against the western afterglow.

undulating - ondulée, onduler, ondoyer

roadways - les routes, chaussée

pale - pâle, hâve

mustering - le rassemblement, rassembler

tops - des sommets, dessus, sommet, couvercle, hune

roofs - les toits, toit

The Martians and their appliances were altogether invisible, save for that thin mast upon which their restless mirror wobbled. Patches of bush and isolated trees here and there smoked and glowed still, and the houses towards Woking station were sending up spires of flame into the stillness of the evening air.

appliances - des appareils, appareil, appareil électrique

save - sauver, sauvegarder, épargner, préserver, protéger

mast - mât

restless - inquiet, agité, checkimpatient

mirror - glace, miroir, copie, refléter

wobbled - a vacillé, vacillement, osciller, branler, vaciller

isolated - isolée, isoler, esseuler

spires - spires, fleche

Nothing was changed save for that and a terrible astonishment. The little group of black specks with the flag of white had been swept out of existence, and the stillness of the evening, so it seemed to me, had scarcely been broken.

specks - taches, petite tache

It came to me that I was upon this dark common, helpless, unprotected, and alone. Suddenly, like a thing falling upon me from without, came--fear.

helpless - sans défense, désemparé

With an effort I turned and began a stumbling run through the heather.

effort - l'effort, effort

run through - passer a travers

The fear I felt was no rational fear, but a panic terror not only of the Martians, but of the dusk and stillness all about me. Such an extraordinary effect in unmanning me it had that I ran weeping silently as a child might do. Once I had turned, I did not dare to look back.

rational - rationnelle, rationnel

panic - panique

effect - effet, effets, effectuer

weeping - pleurant, (weep) pleurant

silently - en silence, silencieusement

I remember I felt an extraordinary persuasion that I was being played with, that presently, when I was upon the very verge of safety, this mysterious death--as swift as the passage of light--would leap after me from the pit about the cylinder and strike me down.

persuasion - la persuasion, persuasion

verge - verge, bord

safety - la sécurité, sécurité, sureté

mysterious - mystérieux

passage - passage, corridoir, couloir

strike - greve, biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper, battre, faire greve


It is still a matter of wonder how the Martians are able to slay men so swiftly and so silently. Many think that in some way they are able to generate an intense heat in a chamber of practically absolute non-conductivity.

wonder - merveille, se demander, conjecturer

slay - tuer, dézinguer

generate - générer, engendrer

chamber - chambre, piece, salle

practically - pratiquement, quasiment

absolute - absolue, absolu

non - non

conductivity - la conductivité, conductivité

This intense heat they project in a parallel beam against any object they choose, by means of a polished parabolic mirror of unknown composition, much as the parabolic mirror of a lighthouse projects a beam of light. But no one has absolutely proved these details. However it is done, it is certain that a beam of heat is the essence of the matter. Heat, and invisible, instead of visible, light.

parallel - parallele, parallele, parallele a, parallelement

polished - polie, polonais

parabolic - parabolique

unknown - inconnu, inconnue

composition - composition, ouvre

lighthouse - phare

absolutely - absolument

essence - essence

instead - a la place, a la place, au lieu de

Whatever is combustible flashes into flame at its touch, lead runs like water, it softens iron, cracks and melts glass, and when it falls upon water, incontinently that explodes into steam.

whatever - quoi qu'il en soit, quel que soit, n'importe quel

combustible - combustible

lead - du plomb

softens - s'adoucit, adoucir

iron - le fer, fer, repasser

cracks - des fissures, (se) feler

melts - fond, fondre (1), se dissoudre (2)

incontinently - incontinent

explodes - explose, exploser, détoner, sauter

steam - de la vapeur

That night nearly forty people lay under the starlight about the pit, charred and distorted beyond recognition, and all night long the common from Horsell to Maybury was deserted and brightly ablaze.

distorted - déformé, déformer, distordre

recognition - reconnaissance

brightly - brillante, clairement, précisément

ablaze - en feu, embrasé

The news of the massacre probably reached Chobham, Woking, and Ottershaw about the same time. In Woking the shops had closed when the tragedy happened, and a number of people, shop people and so forth, attracted by the stories they had heard, were walking over the Horsell Bridge and along the road between the hedges that runs out at last upon the common.

massacre - massacre, massacrer

tragedy - tragédie

attracted - attiré, attirer

runs out - s'épuise

You may imagine the young people brushed up after the labours of the day, and making this novelty, as they would make any novelty, the excuse for walking together and enjoying a trivial flirtation. You may figure to yourself the hum of voices along the road in the gloaming. . . .

brushed - brossé, brosse, brossage, accrochage, brosser

labours - travaux, effort, travail, labeur, besogne, travailleurs-p

novelty - nouveauté

Excuse - pardon, excuser, pardonner, justifier, prétexte, excuse

trivial - insignifiante, trivial, anodin, banal

flirtation - flirt

figure - figure, forme, personnage, personnalité, chiffre

Hum - hum, fredonner, bourdonner, fourmiller

gloaming - l'obscurité, crepecrépuscule

As yet, of course, few people in Woking even knew that the cylinder had opened, though poor Henderson had sent a messenger on a bicycle to the post office with a special wire to an evening paper.

messenger - messager, coursier

evening paper - le journal du soir

As these folks came out by twos and threes upon the open, they found little knots of people talking excitedly and peering at the spinning mirror over the sand pits, and the newcomers were, no doubt, soon infected by the excitement of the occasion.

knots - nouds, noeud

excitedly - avec enthousiasme

peering - peering, pair

spinning - la filature, filer, (spin) la filature

newcomers - nouveaux arrivants, nouveau venu, nouvel arrivé, débutant

infected - infecté, infecter

excitement - l'excitation, excitation

Occasion - occasion

By half past eight, when the Deputation was destroyed, there may have been a crowd of three hundred people or more at this place, besides those who had left the road to approach the Martians nearer. There were three policemen too, one of whom was mounted, doing their best, under instructions from Stent, to keep the people back and deter them from approaching the cylinder.

destroyed - détruite, détruire, euthanasier

mounted - monté, monter

instructions - instructions, instruction

deter - empecher, dissuader, décourager

There was some booing from those more thoughtless and excitable souls to whom a crowd is always an occasion for noise and horse-play.

booing - des huées, huées

more thoughtless - plus irréfléchi

excitable - excitable

souls - âmes, âme

Stent and Ogilvy, anticipating some possibilities of a collision, had telegraphed from Horsell to the barracks as soon as the Martians emerged, for the help of a company of soldiers to protect these strange creatures from violence. After that they returned to lead that ill-fated advance.

anticipating - anticiper, prévoir

collision - collision

telegraphed - télégraphié, télégraphe, télégraphier, dépecher

Barracks - les casernes, caserne, (barrack) les casernes

emerged - a émergé, émerger, sortir

soldiers - soldats, soldat, mouillette

protect - protéger

violence - la violence, violence

lead - plomb, guider, conduire, mener

ill - malade, écouré, écourée

The description of their death, as it was seen by the crowd, tallies very closely with my own impressions: the three puffs of green smoke, the deep humming note, and the flashes of flame.

tallies - les comptes, compte

impressions - impressions, impression

But that crowd of people had a far narrower escape than mine. Only the fact that a hummock of heathery sand intercepted the lower part of the Heat-Ray saved them. Had the elevation of the parabolic mirror been a few yards higher, none could have lived to tell the tale.

narrower - plus étroite, étroit

heathery - la bruyere

intercepted - intercepté, intercepter

lower part - la partie inférieure

saved - sauvée, sauver, sauvegarder, épargner, préserver, protéger

none - aucun, ne nulle

They saw the flashes and the men falling and an invisible hand, as it were, lit the bushes as it hurried towards them through the twilight.

Then, with a whistling note that rose above the droning of the pit, the beam swung close over their heads, lighting the tops of the beech trees that line the road, and splitting the bricks, smashing the windows, firing the window frames, and bringing down in crumbling ruin a portion of the gable of the house nearest the corner.

whistling - siffler, (whistle), sifflet, sifflement, sifflements

swung - balancé, osciller, se balancer, balancer, swinguer

beech - hetre, hetre

splitting - le fractionnement, fendant, (split), divisé, fissure, division

bricks - briques, brique, soutien, rouge brique

smashing - fracassant, smash, fracasser, percuter, écraser

frames - cadres, encadrer, cadre, armature, ossature

bringing down - faire tomber

crumbling - s'effriter, effritement, (crumble), s'effondrer, effriter

ruin - la ruine, ruine, ruiner, abîmer, foutre en l'air

gable - pignon

In the sudden thud, hiss, and glare of the igniting trees, the panic-stricken crowd seems to have swayed hesitatingly for some moments. Sparks and burning twigs began to fall into the road, and single leaves like puffs of flame. Hats and dresses caught fire. Then came a crying from the common.

hiss - sifflement, siffler

igniting - s'enflammer, mettre le feu, allumer, déclencher

hesitatingly - avec hésitation

sparks - des étincelles, étincelle

twigs - brindilles, brindille

single - seul, célibataire f, célibataire, simple

crying - pleurer, pleur, (cry), crier, hurler, gueuler

There were shrieks and shouts, and suddenly a mounted policeman came galloping through the confusion with his hands clasped over his head, screaming.

shrieks - des cris, hurlement, crier

galloping - au galop, galop, galoper

confusion - confusion, désordre, malentendu

clasped - serré, fermoir, serrer

screaming - des cris, cri, crier

"They're coming!" a woman shrieked, and incontinently everyone was turning and pushing at those behind, in order to clear their way to Woking again. They must have bolted as blindly as a flock of sheep. Where the road grows narrow and black between the high banks the crowd jammed, and a desperate struggle occurred.

shrieked - a crié, hurlement, crier

bolted - boulonné, verrou

blindly - aveuglément, a l’aveuglette

flock of sheep - un troupeau de moutons

jammed - bloqué, confiture

desperate - désespérée, désespéré

All that crowd did not escape; three persons at least, two women and a little boy, were crushed and trampled there, and left to die amid the terror and the darkness.

crushed - écrasé, barricade, béguin, amourette, faible, coup de cour

trampled - piétiné, fouler, piétiner

amid - amid, au milieu de, parmi, entre


For my own part, I remember nothing of my flight except the stress of blundering against trees and stumbling through the heather. All about me gathered the invisible terrors of the Martians; that pitiless sword of heat seemed whirling to and fro, flourishing overhead before it descended and smote me out of life.

stress - le stress, tension, contrainte, stress, emphase, stresser

blundering - maladresses, embrouillant, (blunder), gaffe

terrors - terreurs, terreur, effroi, terrorisme

whirling - tourbillonnant, (whirl), tourbillonner

flourishing - l'épanouissement, fleurir, brandir

smote - smote, frapper

I came into the road between the crossroads and Horsell, and ran along this to the crossroads.

At last I could go no further; I was exhausted with the violence of my emotion and of my flight, and I staggered and fell by the wayside. That was near the bridge that crosses the canal by the gasworks. I fell and lay still.

exhausted - épuisé, épuiser, échappement

emotion - l'émotion, émotion

staggered - en décalé, tituber

crosses - croisements, croix, signe de croix

Canal - canal

gasworks - usine a gaz, usine a gaz

I must have remained there some time.

I sat up, strangely perplexed. For a moment, perhaps, I could not clearly understand how I came there. My terror had fallen from me like a garment. My hat had gone, and my collar had burst away from its fastener. A few minutes before, there had only been three real things before me--the immensity of the night and space and nature, my own feebleness and anguish, and the near approach of death.

strangely - étrangement

perplexed - perplexe, déconcerter, troubler, dérouter

garment - de l'habillement, vetement

collar - col, collier

fastener - de fixation, fermeture, attache

feebleness - débilité

anguish - l'angoisse, angoissons, angoissez, angoisser, angoissent

Now it was as if something turned over, and the point of view altered abruptly. There was no sensible transition from one state of mind to the other. I was immediately the self of every day again--a decent, ordinary citizen. The silent common, the impulse of my flight, the starting flames, were as if they had been in a dream. I asked myself had these latter things indeed happened?

turned over - retourné

sensible - sensible, sensé, raisonnable

transition - transition, transitionner, faire une transition

state - l'État

self - soi, soi-meme

decent - integre, décent, substantiel

citizen - citoyen, citoyenne, habitant

dream - reve, reve, songe, voeu

I could not credit it.

credit - crédit, mérite, reconnaissance, attribution, générique

I rose and walked unsteadily up the steep incline of the bridge. My mind was blank wonder. My muscles and nerves seemed drained of their strength. I dare say I staggered drunkenly. A head rose over the arch, and the figure of a workman carrying a basket appeared. Beside him ran a little boy. He passed me, wishing me good night. I was minded to speak to him, but did not.

unsteadily - de façon instable

steep incline - une forte inclinaison

blank - vide, blanc, vierge, balles a blanc, préforme, espace

muscles - muscles, muscle

nerves - des nerfs, nerf, nervure, toupet, culot, cran

drained - drainé, drain, bonde, hémorragie, gouffre, drainer

strength - la force, force, vigueur, effectif, point fort

arch - arch, dôme

workman - ouvrier

beside - a côté, aupres

wishing - souhaitant, désirant, (wish), souhait, souhaiter, espérer

minded - mentales, esprit, t+raison, t+intelligence, mémoire

I answered his greeting with a meaningless mumble and went on over the bridge.

greeting - l'accueil, salutation, salut, (greet) l'accueil

meaningless - sans signification, dénué de sens, dépourvu de sens

mumble - marmonner

Over the Maybury arch a train, a billowing tumult of white, firelit smoke, and a long caterpillar of lighted windows, went flying south--clatter, clatter, clap, rap, and it had gone. A dim group of people talked in the gate of one of the houses in the pretty little row of gables that was called Oriental Terrace. It was all so real and so familiar. And that behind me! It was frantic, fantastic!

billowing - le gonflement, flot, ondoyer

firelit - éclairé par le feu

caterpillar - chenille

clap - applaudir, claquent, claquer, applaudissement, claquez

rap - rap, claque

Gate - la porte, porte

gables - pignons, pignon

terrace - toit-terrasse, terrasse, gradins

familiar - familier, esprit familier

frantic - éperdu, paniqué, frénétique

Such things, I told myself, could not be.

Perhaps I am a man of exceptional moods. I do not know how far my experience is common. At times I suffer from the strangest sense of detachment from myself and the world about me; I seem to watch it all from the outside, from somewhere inconceivably remote, out of time, out of space, out of the stress and tragedy of it all. This feeling was very strong upon me that night.

exceptional - exceptionnel

moods - d'humeur, humeur

Experience - expérience, éprouver, vivre

suffer - souffrir, souffrir de, pâtir de, endurer, supporter, subir

sense - sens, acception, sentir

detachment - le détachement, détachement, impartialité

inconceivably - inconcevable

Here was another side to my dream.

But the trouble was the blank incongruity of this serenity and the swift death flying yonder, not two miles away. There was a noise of business from the gasworks, and the electric lamps were all alight. I stopped at the group of people.

serenity - la sérénité, sérénité

yonder - la-bas, la-bas

Electric - électrique, voiture électrique

"What news from the common?" said I.

There were two men and a woman at the gate.

"Eh?" said one of the men, turning.

eh - eh

"What news from the common?" I said.

"'Ain't yer just been there?" asked the men.

ain - Ain

"People seem fair silly about the common," said the woman over the gate. "What's it all abart?"

silly - stupide, sot, insensé, idiot, bete

"Haven't you heard of the men from Mars?" said I; "the creatures from Mars?"

"Quite enough," said the woman over the gate. "Thenks"; and all three of them laughed.

I felt foolish and angry. I tried and found I could not tell them what I had seen. They laughed again at my broken sentences.

foolish - sot, stupide, bete, idiot

"You'll hear more yet," I said, and went on to my home.

I startled my wife at the doorway, so haggard was I. I went into the dining room, sat down, drank some wine, and so soon as I could collect myself sufficiently I told her the things I had seen. The dinner, which was a cold one, had already been served, and remained neglected on the table while I told my story.

doorway - l'embrasure de la porte, embrasure de la porte

haggard - hagard, émacié

dining - dîner, vacarme

collect - collecter, recueillir, recuellir, recueillez, encaisser

sufficiently - suffisamment

served - servi, service, servir, signifier, purger

neglected - négligé, négliger, négligence

"There is one thing," I said, to allay the fears I had aroused; "they are the most sluggish things I ever saw crawl. They may keep the pit and kill people who come near them, but they cannot get out of it. . . . But the horror of them!"

allay - apaiser, pacifier, soulager

aroused - excité, émoustiller, exciter

sluggish - léthargique, poussif, faiblard, rétamé

crawl - ramper

kill - tuer, tuent, tuons, dézinguer, tuez

come near - s'approcher

"Don't, dear!" said my wife, knitting her brows and putting her hand on mine.

knitting - tricotage, tricot, (knit), tricoter, souder, unir, se souder

brows - les sourcils, (brow), andouiller d'oil, maître andouiller

"Poor Ogilvy!" I said. "To think he may be lying dead there!"

My wife at least did not find my experience incredible. When I saw how deadly white her face was, I ceased abruptly.

deadly - mortelle, mortel, fatal, létal

"They may come here," she said again and again.

I pressed her to take wine, and tried to reassure her.

pressed - pressé, appuyer sur, presser

reassure - tranquilliser, rassurer, réassurer

"They can scarcely move," I said.

I began to comfort her and myself by repeating all that Ogilvy had told me of the impossibility of the Martians establishing themselves on the earth. In particular I laid stress on the gravitational difficulty. On the surface of the earth the force of gravity is three times what it is on the surface of Mars.

impossibility - l'impossibilité, impossibilité

establishing - établissant, affermir, établir

particular - particulier

laid - posé, poser

difficulty - difficulté

force of gravity - la force de gravité

surface of Mars - la surface de Mars

A Martian, therefore, would weigh three times more than on Mars, albeit his muscular strength would be the same. His own body would be a cope of lead to him. That, indeed, was the general opinion. Both The Times and the Daily Telegraph, for instance, insisted on it the next morning, and both overlooked, just as I did, two obvious modifying influences.

weigh - peser, lever l’ancre

albeit - quoique

muscular strength - la force musculaire

cope - se débrouiller, faire face (a)

instance - instance

insisted - insisté, insister

overlooked - négligé, vue, panorama, surplomber, négliger, louper

obvious - évidentes, évident

modifying - modifier

influences - influences, influence, influencer, influer

The atmosphere of the earth, we now know, contains far more oxygen or far less argon (whichever way one likes to put it) than does Mars. The invigorating influences of this excess of oxygen upon the Martians indisputably did much to counterbalance the increased weight of their bodies.

contains - contient, contenir

oxygen - l'oxygene, oxygene

argon - argon

whichever - quel qu'il soit, n'importe quel, n'importe lequel

indisputably - indiscutablement

counterbalance - contrepoids, contrebalancer

weight - poids, lest, graisse, alourdir, lester, appesantir

And, in the second place, we all overlooked the fact that such mechanical intelligence as the Martian possessed was quite able to dispense with muscular exertion at a pinch.

mechanical - mécanique, machinal

possessed - possédé, posséder, s'emparer de

dispense with - se passer de

muscular - musculaire, musclé, musculeux

exertion - l'effort, effort, dépense

pinch - pincer, chiper, pincement, pincée

But I did not consider these points at the time, and so my reasoning was dead against the chances of the invaders. With wine and food, the confidence of my own table, and the necessity of reassuring my wife, I grew by insensible degrees courageous and secure.

Consider - envisager, considérer, examiner, réfléchir, songer

invaders - envahisseurs, envahisseur, envahisseuse

reassuring - rassurant, tranquilliser, rassurer, réassurer

degrees - degrés, diplôme, degré, ordre

secure - sécurisé, sur, sécuriser

"They have done a foolish thing," said I, fingering my wineglass. "They are dangerous because, no doubt, they are mad with terror. Perhaps they expected to find no living things--certainly no intelligent living things."

fingering - doigté, doigtage, (finger), pointer, tripoter, doigter

wineglass - verre a vin

mad - fou, folle, fol, fâché, en colere

"A shell in the pit" said I, "if the worst comes to the worst will kill them all."

shell - coquille, coquillage, carapace, coque, cosse, douille, obus

The intense excitement of the events had no doubt left my perceptive powers in a state of erethism. I remember that dinner table with extraordinary vividness even now.

perceptive - perspicace

state - l'état, état, Etat, déclarer, indiquer

erethism - l'éréthisme, éréthisme

My dear wife's sweet anxious face peering at me from under the pink lamp shade, the white cloth with its silver and glass table furniture--for in those days even philosophical writers had many little luxuries--the crimson-purple wine in my glass, are photographically distinct.

anxious - anxieux, désireux

shade - ombre, store, nuance, ton, esprit, ombrager, faire de l'ombre

cloth - tissu, étoffe, tenue

silver - l'argent, argent

furniture - mobilier, meubles

philosophical - philosophique

luxuries - le luxe, luxe

photographically - sur le plan photographique

At the end of it I sat, tempering nuts with a cigarette, regretting Ogilvy's rashness, and denouncing the shortsighted timidity of the Martians.

tempering - la trempe, (temper), caractere, tempérament, humeur

nuts - des noix, noix(literally walnut noix but often used generically)

cigarette - cigarette

regretting - regretter, regret

rashness - témérité, irréflexion

denouncing - dénoncer, qualifier

shortsighted - a courte vue

timidity - timidité

So some respectable dodo in the Mauritius might have lorded it in his nest, and discussed the arrival of that shipful of pitiless sailors in want of animal food. "We will peck them to death tomorrow, my dear."

respectable - respectable, convenable

Mauritius - l'île maurice, Maurice, île Maurice

lorded - lézardé, châtelain, seigneur, monsieur

nest - nid, patelin

shipful - de la cargaison

Sailors - marins, matelot, matelote, femme matelot, femme-matelot, marin

animal food - l'alimentation animale

peck - picorer, picotin

I did not know it, but that was the last civilised dinner I was to eat for very many strange and terrible days.

civilised - civilisé, civiliser


The most extraordinary thing to my mind, of all the strange and wonderful things that happened upon that Friday, was the dovetailing of the commonplace habits of our social order with the first beginnings of the series of events that was to topple that social order headlong.

dovetailing - la queue d'aronde, queue-d'aronde, assembler, imbriquer

commonplace - ordinaire, banal, lieu commun

social order - l'ordre social

topple - basculer, renverser, (of statues) déboulonner, tomber, chuter

If on Friday night you had taken a pair of compasses and drawn a circle with a radius of five miles round the Woking sand pits, I doubt if you would have had one human being outside it, unless it were some relation of Stent or of the three or four cyclists or London people lying dead on the common, whose emotions or habits were at all affected by the new-comers.

A pair of compasses - une paire de boussoles

radius - radius, rayon

Unless - a moins que, a moins que, sauf si

relation - relation, parent, parente

whose - a qui, de qui, dont, duquel (de + lequel), duquel

emotions - des émotions, émotion

affected - affectée, affecter

Many people had heard of the cylinder, of course, and talked about it in their leisure, but it certainly did not make the sensation that an ultimatum to Germany would have done.

leisure - les loisirs, loisir, temps libre

sensation - sensation

ultimatum - ultimatum

Germany - l'allemagne, Allemagne

In London that night poor Henderson's telegram describing the gradual unscrewing of the shot was judged to be a canard, and his evening paper, after wiring for authentication from him and receiving no reply--the man was killed--decided not to print a special edition.

telegram - télégramme, dépeche

shot - tir, tirai, tiré, tirâmes, tirerent, tira

canard - canard, avion-canard, aileron, plan canard, moustache

wiring - câblage, accouplement, (wire), fil

authentication - l'authentification, authentification

receiving - recevant, recevoir

reply - répondre, réponse

killed - tué, tuer

print - imprimer, imprimé, empreinte, estampe

special edition - édition spéciale

Even within the five-mile circle the great majority of people were inert. I have already described the behaviour of the men and women to whom I spoke. All over the district people were dining and supping; working men were gardening after the labours of the day, children were being put to bed, young people were wandering through the lanes love-making, students sat over their books.

majority - majorité

behaviour - manieres

district - district, checkrégion

dining - dîner

put to bed - Mettre au lit

wandering - l'errance, errement, errance, divagation, (wander), errer

lanes - voies, chemin, qualifier

Maybe there was a murmur in the village streets, a novel and dominant topic in the public-houses, and here and there a messenger, or even an eye-witness of the later occurrences, caused a whirl of excitement, a shouting, and a running to and fro; but for the most part the daily routine of working, eating, drinking, sleeping, went on as it had done for countless years--as though no planet Mars existed in the sky. Even at Woking station and Horsell and Chobham that was the case.

novel - roman, nouveau

dominant - dominante, dominant

public - public

witness - témoignage, témoin, preuve, témoigner

occurrences - des événements, occurrence

whirl - tourbillon, tourbillonner

existed - a existé, exister

In Woking junction, until a late hour, trains were stopping and going on, others were shunting on the sidings, passengers were alighting and waiting, and everything was proceeding in the most ordinary way. A boy from the town, trenching on Smith's monopoly, was selling papers with the afternoon's news.

junction - jonction

passengers - des passagers, passager

alighting - descendre (de)

proceeding - la poursuite de la procédure, acte, (proceed), avancer

most ordinary - le plus ordinaire

trenching - creusement de tranchées, tranchée, fossé

Smith - smith, Lefevre, Lefébure, Lefebvre

monopoly - monopole

The ringing impact of trucks, the sharp whistle of the engines from the junction, mingled with their shouts of "Men from Mars!" Excited men came into the station about nine o'clock with incredible tidings, and caused no more disturbance than drunkards might have done.

trucks - camions, (de) camion

whistle - sifflet, siffler, sifflement, sifflements

engines - moteurs, moteur

mingled - mélangés, mélanger

tidings - des nouvelles, nouvelle

disturbance - perturbation, trouble, tapage

People rattling Londonwards peered into the darkness outside the carriage windows, and saw only a rare, flickering, vanishing spark dance up from the direction of Horsell, a red glow and a thin veil of smoke driving across the stars, and thought that nothing more serious than a heath fire was happening. It was only round the edge of the common that any disturbance was perceptible.

rattling - le cliquetis, (rattle) le cliquetis

peered - regardé, pair

rare - rares, rare

flickering - clignotement, vaciller

vanishing - en voie de disparition, (vanish), disparaître, s'évanouir

spark - l'étincelle, flammeche, étincelle

veil - voile, voiler

Heath - heath, lande, bruyere

perceptible - perceptible

There were half a dozen villas burning on the Woking border. There were lights in all the houses on the common side of the three villages, and the people there kept awake till dawn.

villas - villas, villa

border - frontiere, frontiere, bord, bordure, délimiter, border

awake - éveillé, (se) réveiller, (s')éveiller

A curious crowd lingered restlessly, people coming and going but the crowd remaining, both on the Chobham and Horsell bridges. One or two adventurous souls, it was afterwards found, went into the darkness and crawled quite near the Martians; but they never returned, for now and again a light-ray, like the beam of a warship's searchlight swept the common, and the Heat-Ray was ready to follow.

lingered - s'est attardé, s'installer, stagner, s'incruster, s'éteindre

restlessly - avec agitation

remaining - restant, reste, rester, demeurer

bridges - des ponts, pont

adventurous - aventureux

crawled - rampé, ramper

warship - navire de guerre

searchlight - projecteur, faisceau

Save for such, that big area of common was silent and desolate, and the charred bodies lay about on it all night under the stars, and all the next day. A noise of hammering from the pit was heard by many people.

desolate - désolée, ravager, désoler

hammering - martelage, martelant, (hammer), marteau, chien

So you have the state of things on Friday night. In the centre, sticking into the skin of our old planet Earth like a poisoned dart, was this cylinder. But the poison was scarcely working yet. Around it was a patch of silent common, smouldering in places, and with a few dark, dimly seen objects lying in contorted attitudes here and there. Here and there was a burning bush or tree.

sticking - coller, (stick) coller

poisoned - empoisonné, poison, empoisonner

dart - dart, dard

patch - patch, rapiécer

smouldering - couvant, (smoulder) couvant

contorted - déformé, se contorsionner

attitudes - attitudes, posture, état d'esprit, attitude

Beyond was a fringe of excitement, and farther than that fringe the inflammation had not crept as yet. In the rest of the world the stream of life still flowed as it had flowed for immemorial years. The fever of war that would presently clog vein and artery, deaden nerve and destroy brain, had still to develop.

fringe - marginale, frange, périphérie, radicaux

inflammation - l'inflammation, inflammation

crept - rampé, ramper, rampement, fatigue, fluage, reptation

rest - se reposer, reposent, reposez, reposons, se, reposer, débris

stream - flux, ruisseau, ru, rupt, filet, flot, courant

flowed - s'est écoulée, couler

immemorial - immémoriale

fever - de la fievre, fievre

clog - sabot, bouchon, boucher

vein - veine

artery - artere, artere

deaden - mort, endormir, assourdir, isoler

nerve - nerf, nervure, toupet, culot, cran

destroy - détruire, euthanasier

brain - cerveau, or when used as food, tete, processeur

develop - se développer, créer

All night long the Martians were hammering and stirring, sleepless, indefatigable, at work upon the machines they were making ready, and ever and again a puff of greenish-white smoke whirled up to the starlit sky.

sleepless - l'insomnie, insomniaque

indefatigable - infatigable

whirled - tourbillonné, tourbillonner

starlit - étoilé, astré

About eleven a company of soldiers came through Horsell, and deployed along the edge of the common to form a cordon. Later a second company marched through Chobham to deploy on the north side of the common. Several officers from the Inkerman barracks had been on the common earlier in the day, and one, Major Eden, was reported to be missing.

officers - des agents, fonctionnaire, officier

Major - majeur, de taille, tres important, plus grand, plus important

be missing - manquer

The colonel of the regiment came to the Chobham bridge and was busy questioning the crowd at midnight. The military authorities were certainly alive to the seriousness of the business. About eleven, the next morning's papers were able to say, a squadron of hussars, two Maxims, and about four hundred men of the Cardigan regiment started from Aldershot.

Colonel - colonel

regiment - régiment

military - militaire (1, 2), armée, troupes

authorities - autorités, autorité

alive - en vie, vivant

seriousness - sérieux, sériosité, gravité

squadron - escadron, escadre

hussars - hussards, hussard

maxims - maximes, maxime

four hundred - quatre cents

Cardigan - cardigan, veste

A few seconds after midnight the crowd in the Chertsey road, Woking, saw a star fall from heaven into the pine woods to the northwest. It had a greenish colour, and caused a silent brightness like summer lightning. This was the second cylinder.

Heaven - le paradis, ciel, paradis, au-dela, cieux

woods - bois, (de) bois

northwest - nord-ouest

lightning - la foudre, éclair, éloise, foudre


fighting - combattre, combat, bagarre, (fight) combattre

Saturday lives in my memory as a day of suspense. It was a day of lassitude too, hot and close, with, I am told, a rapidly fluctuating barometer. I had slept but little, though my wife had succeeded in sleeping, and I rose early. I went into my garden before breakfast and stood listening, but towards the common there was nothing stirring but a lark.

memory - mémoire, souvenir

suspense - suspension, suspense, angoisse, anxiété, appréhension

lassitude - lassitude

rapidly - rapidement

barometer - barometre, barometre

succeeded - a réussi, succéder, réussir, avoir du succes

lark - alouette

The milkman came as usual. I heard the rattle of his chariot and I went round to the side gate to ask the latest news. He told me that during the night the Martians had been surrounded by troops, and that guns were expected. Then--a familiar, reassuring note--I heard a train running towards Woking.

milkman - laitier, crémier

usual - habituel/habituelle

rattle - cliquetis, claquer, pétarade, ferrailler

chariot - chariot, char (de guerre), charriot

surrounded - entouré, entourer, enceindre

troops - troupes, troupe-p

guns - des armes, arme a feu

"They aren't to be killed," said the milkman, "if that can possibly be avoided."

avoided - évitée, éviter, fuir

I saw my neighbour gardening, chatted with him for a time, and then strolled in to breakfast. It was a most unexceptional morning. My neighbour was of opinion that the troops would be able to capture or to destroy the Martians during the day.

chatted - chatté, bavarder

strolled - flâné, promenade, flânerie, balade, flâner, promener

unexceptional - exceptionnel

capture - capture, prisonnier, saisir, capturer, enregistrer, prendre

"It's a pity they make themselves so unapproachable," he said. "It would be curious to know how they live on another planet; we might learn a thing or two."

pity - compassion, pitié, dommage, honte, plaindre, avoir pitié de

unapproachable - inaccessible

He came up to the fence and extended a handful of strawberries, for his gardening was as generous as it was enthusiastic. At the same time he told me of the burning of the pine woods about the Byfleet golf links.

fence - clôture, cloison, recéleur, recéleuse, receleur

extended - étendu, étendre, prolonger

handful - poignée, manipule

strawberries - des fraises, fraise, fraisier

generous - généreux

enthusiastic - enthousiaste

golf links - des liens de golf

"They say," said he, "that there's another of those blessed things fallen there--number two. But one's enough, surely. This lot'll cost the insurance people a pretty penny before everything's settled." He laughed with an air of the greatest good humour as he said this. The woods, he said, were still burning, and pointed out a haze of smoke to me.

blessed - bienheureux, béni, (bless)

insurance - l'assurance, assurance

A pretty penny - Une jolie somme dargent

settled - réglée, (s')installer

humour - l'humour, humour, humeur, disposition, amadouer

haze - brume, chicaner, fumées

"They will be hot under foot for days, on account of the thick soil of pine needles and turf," he said, and then grew serious over "poor Ogilvy."

on account - sur le compte

soil - sol, terre, barbouillons, barbouiller, foncierere

needles - aiguilles, aiguille, saphir, coudre

After breakfast, instead of working, I decided to walk down towards the common. Under the railway bridge I found a group of soldiers--sappers, I think, men in small round caps, dirty red jackets unbuttoned, and showing their blue shirts, dark trousers, and boots coming to the calf.

walk down - descendre

sappers - les sapeurs, sapeur

caps - des casquettes, casquette

unbuttoned - déboutonné, déboutonner

calf - veau, mollet

They told me no one was allowed over the canal, and, looking along the road towards the bridge, I saw one of the Cardigan men standing sentinel there. I talked with these soldiers for a time; I told them of my sight of the Martians on the previous evening. None of them had seen the Martians, and they had but the vaguest ideas of them, so that they plied me with questions.

allowed - autorisé, laisser, accorder, permettre

sentinel - factionnaire, sentinelle, regarder

previous - précédente, préalable

plied - plié, exercer (un métier)

They said that they did not know who had authorised the movements of the troops; their idea was that a dispute had arisen at the Horse Guards. The ordinary sapper is a great deal better educated than the common soldier, and they discussed the peculiar conditions of the possible fight with some acuteness. I described the Heat-Ray to them, and they began to argue among themselves.

dispute - dispute, litige, discuter, argumenter, évaluer, contester

arisen - a vu le jour, se lever, relever

guards - gardiens, garde, protection, gardien, arriere

sapper - sapeur

deal - accord, dispenser, distribuer

educated - éduqués, éduquer

soldier - soldat, mouillette

conditions - conditions, condition

fight - combattre, combattons, rixe, combattez, combattent

argue - argumenter, affirmer, débattre, se disputer, se quereller

among themselves - entre eux

"Crawl up under cover and rush 'em, say I," said one.

cover - couvercle, couverture, couvert, couvrir, reprendre, parcourir

rush - rush, ruée, affluence, gazer, galoper, bousculer

"Get aht!" said another. "What's cover against this 'ere 'eat? sticks to cook yer! What we got to do is to go as near as the ground'll let us, and then drive a trench."

against this - contre cela

ere - ici

sticks to - s'y colle

trench - tranchée, fossé

"Blow yer trenches! You always want trenches; you ought to ha'been born a rabbit Snippy."

blow - souffler, soufflons, soufflent, soufflez, coup

trenches - tranchées, tranchée, fossé

ha - HA

rabbit - lapin

snippy - hargneux

"Ain't they got any necks, then?" said a third, abruptly--a little, contemplative, dark man, smoking a pipe.

necks - cou

contemplative - contemplatif

smoking - fumant, (smoke) fumant

pipe - cornemuse, conduit, tuyau, barre verticale, tube, pipe

I repeated my description.

"Octopuses," said he, "that's what I calls 'em. Talk about fishers of men--fighters of fish it is this time!"

Octopuses - les pieuvres, pieuvre, poulpe

fishers - pecheurs, Pecheur

fighters - combattants, combattant, lutteur, guerrier

"It ain't no murder killing beasts like that," said the first speaker.

murder - meurtre, homicide, assassinat, occire

killing - tuer, meurtre, (kill) tuer

speaker - l'orateur, parleur, parleuse

"Why not shell the darned things strite off and finish 'em?" said the little dark man. "You carn tell what they might do."

darned - darned, (darn) darned

carn - carn

"Where's your shells?" said the first speaker. "There ain't no time. Do it in a rush, that's my tip, and do it at once."

shells - coquilles, coquille, coquillage, carapace, coque

tip - pourboire, pronostic, indication, terminaison

So they discussed it. After a while I left them, and went on to the railway station to get as many morning papers as I could.

But I will not weary the reader with a description of that long morning and of the longer afternoon. I did not succeed in getting a glimpse of the common, for even Horsell and Chobham church towers were in the hands of the military authorities. The soldiers I addressed didn't know anything; the officers were mysterious as well as busy.

weary - fatigué, las, lasser

Succeed - succéder, réussir, avoir du succes

church - église, culte, misse

towers - tours, tour

I found people in the town quite secure again in the presence of the military, and I heard for the first time from Marshall, the tobacconist, that his son was among the dead on the common. The soldiers had made the people on the outskirts of Horsell lock up and leave their houses.

presence - présence

tobacconist - bureau de tabac, buraliste

outskirts - périphérie, banlieue

lock up - fermer

I got back to lunch about two, very tired for, as I have said, the day was extremely hot and dull; and in order to refresh myself I took a cold bath in the afternoon. About half past four I went up to the railway station to get an evening paper, for the morning papers had contained only a very inaccurate description of the killing of Stent, Henderson, Ogilvy, and the others.

extremely - extremement, extremement, vachement

refresh - revigorer, rafraîchir

inaccurate - inexacte

But there was little I didn't know. The Martians did not show an inch of themselves. They seemed busy in their pit, and there was a sound of hammering and an almost continuous streamer of smoke. Apparently they were busy getting ready for a struggle. "Fresh attempts have been made to signal, but without success," was the stereotyped formula of the papers.

continuous - continue

apparently - apparemment, évidemment, en apparence

fresh - frais

attempts - tentatives, tenter, essayer, tentative, attentat

stereotyped - stéréotypés, stéréotype, cliché, stéréotyper

formula - formule, aliment lacté pour nourrissons

A sapper told me it was done by a man in a ditch with a flag on a long pole. The Martians took as much notice of such advances as we should of the lowing of a cow.

ditch - fossé

notice - remarquer, notification, préavis, s'apercevoir

advances - des avancées, élever, avancer, avancée, progression

lowing - l'abaissement, (low) l'abaissement

I must confess the sight of all this armament, all this preparation, greatly excited me. My imagination became belligerent, and defeated the invaders in a dozen striking ways; something of my schoolboy dreams of battle and heroism came back. It hardly seemed a fair fight to me at that time. They seemed very helpless in that pit of theirs.

confess - avouer, confesser

armament - l'armement, force de frappe, forces armées, armement

preparation - préparation, concoction

imagination - l'imagination, imagination

belligerent - belligérant, belliqueux

defeated - vaincu, battre, vaincre

striking - frappant, éclatant, (strike), biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper

schoolboy - éleve, écolier

dreams - reves, reve, t+songe, t+voeu, t+souhait, t+vou

battle - bataille, combat

heroism - l'héroisme, héroisme

hardly - a peine, dur, durement, guere, a peine

About three o'clock there began the thud of a gun at measured intervals from Chertsey or Addlestone. I learned that the smouldering pine wood into which the second cylinder had fallen was being shelled, in the hope of destroying that object before it opened. It was only about five, however, that a field gun reached Chobham for use against the first body of Martians.

measured - mesurée, mesure, mesurer

intervals - intervalles, intervalle

wood - du bois, (de) bois

shelled - décortiqué, coquille, coquillage, carapace, coque

destroying - détruisant, détruire, euthanasier

About six in the evening, as I sat at tea with my wife in the summerhouse talking vigorously about the battle that was lowering upon us, I heard a muffled detonation from the common, and immediately after a gust of firing.

vigorously - vigoureusement

lowering - baissant, (lower) baissant

detonation - détonation

gust - rafale

Close on the heels of that came a violent rattling crash, quite close to us, that shook the ground; and, starting out upon the lawn, I saw the tops of the trees about the Oriental College burst into smoky red flame, and the tower of the little church beside it slide down into ruin.

heels - talons, talon

violent - violent, vif

shook - secoué, (shake), secouer, agiter, se serrer la main, secousse

lawn - pelouse, gazon, gazer

smoky - enfumé

tower - tour

beside it - a côté

slide - glisser, déraper, toboggan, glissoire, glissement

The pinnacle of the mosque had vanished, and the roof line of the college itself looked as if a hundred-ton gun had been at work upon it. One of our chimneys cracked as if a shot had hit it, flew, and a piece of it came clattering down the tiles and made a heap of broken red fragments upon the flower bed by my study window.

pinnacle - cime, pic, pinacle

mosque - mosquée

ton - ton, tonne

chimneys - les cheminées, cheminée

cracked - fissuré, (se) feler

hit - frappé, frapper, battement, battre, succes

clattering - cliquetis, claquer, craquer, claquement, craquement, vacarme

tiles - tuiles, tuile, carreau

I and my wife stood amazed. Then I realised that the crest of Maybury Hill must be within range of the Martians'Heat-Ray now that the college was cleared out of the way.

crest - l'écusson, crete, huppe, aigrette, cimier, criniere

Hill - hill, colline, côte

range - chaîne (de montagnes), cuisiniere, sélection, gamme, champ

cleared out - nettoyé

At that I gripped my wife's arm, and without ceremony ran her out into the road. Then I fetched out the servant, telling her I would go upstairs myself for the box she was clamouring for.

ceremony - cérémonie

fetched - fouillé, aller chercher

servant - serviteur, domestique, servante, checkserviteur

go upstairs - monter a l'étage

clamouring - clamant, clameur

"We can't possibly stay here," I said; and as I spoke the firing reopened for a moment upon the common.

reopened - rouvert, rouvrir, réouvrir, rench: se rouvrir

"But where are we to go?" said my wife in terror.

I thought perplexed. Then I remembered her cousins at Leatherhead.

"Leatherhead!" I shouted above the sudden noise.

She looked away from me downhill. The people were coming out of their houses, astonished.

looked away - a détourné le regard

downhill - en descente, en aval, descente

"How are we to get to Leatherhead?" she said.

Down the hill I saw a bevy of hussars ride under the railway bridge; three galloped through the open gates of the Oriental College; two others dismounted, and began running from house to house. The sun, shining through the smoke that drove up from the tops of the trees, seemed blood red, and threw an unfamiliar lurid light upon everything.

bevy - une troupe, vol, passée

galloped - galopé, galop, galoper

dismounted - a pied, démonter, descendre

shining through - qui brille a travers

threw - jeté, jeter, lancer

lurid - lugubre, choquant, choquante, blafard, livide, bleme, jaunâtre

"Stop here," said I; "you are safe here"; and I started off at once for the Spotted Dog, for I knew the landlord had a horse and dog cart. I ran, for I perceived that in a moment everyone upon this side of the hill would be moving. I found him in his bar, quite unaware of what was going on behind his house. A man stood with his back to me, talking to him.

spotted - repéré, tache, bouton, peu, endroit, zone, détecter, trouver

landlord - propriétaire, patron

cart - chariot, charrette

bar - bar, barrent, barrons, barrer, barrez, tringle

"I must have a pound," said the landlord, "and I've no one to drive it."

"I'll give you two," said I, over the stranger's shoulder.

Stranger - étranger, (strang) étranger

"What for?"

"And I'll bring it back by midnight," I said.

"Lord!" said the landlord; "what's the hurry? I'm selling my bit of a pig. Two pounds, and you bring it back? What's going on now?"

hurry - se dépecher, précipitation, hâte

bit - bit, mordis, mordit, mordîmes, mordirent, (bite), mordre

I explained hastily that I had to leave my home, and so secured the dog cart. At the time it did not seem to me nearly so urgent that the landlord should leave his. I took care to have the cart there and then, drove it off down the road, and, leaving it in charge of my wife and servant, rushed into my house and packed a few valuables, such plate as we had, and so forth.

hastily - hâtivement, précipitamment, a la hâte

secured - sécurisé, sur, sécuriser

urgent - urgent

took care - a pris soin

charge - frais, charge, chef d’accusation, chef d’inculpation, meuble

packed - emballé, paquet, sac

valuables - des objets de valeur, précieux, valeur

plate - assiette, plaque, écriteau

The beech trees below the house were burning while I did this, and the palings up the road glowed red. While I was occupied in this way, one of the dismounted hussars came running up. He was going from house to house, warning people to leave. He was going on as I came out of my front door, lugging my treasures, done up in a tablecloth. I shouted after him:

warning - l'avertissement, avertissement, attention, (warn), avertir

lugging - le triage, traîner

treasures - des trésors, trésor, garder précieusement

done up - fait

tablecloth - nappe

"What news?"

He turned, stared, bawled something about "crawling out in a thing like a dish cover," and ran on to the gate of the house at the crest. A sudden whirl of black smoke driving across the road hid him for a moment. I ran to my neighbour's door and rapped to satisfy myself of what I already knew, that his wife had gone to London with him and had locked up their house.

bawled - braillé, hurler

crawling - a quatre pattes, (crawl) a quatre pattes

satisfy - satisfaire

locked - verrouillé, serrure

I went in again, according to my promise, to get my servant's box, lugged it out, clapped it beside her on the tail of the dog cart, and then caught the reins and jumped up into the driver's seat beside my wife. In another moment we were clear of the smoke and noise, and spanking down the opposite slope of Maybury Hill towards Old Woking.

according - selon, entente, accorder

promise - vou, promesse, promettre

lugged - trimballé, traîner

clapped - applaudi, applaudir, battre des mains

tail - queue

reins - les renes, rene

jumped up - a sauté

seat - siege, place, siege, assise, séant, fond

spanking - la fessée, fessée, (spank), fesser, pan

slope - pente, inclinaison

In front was a quiet sunny landscape, a wheat field ahead on either side of the road, and the Maybury Inn with its swinging sign. I saw the doctor's cart ahead of me. At the bottom of the hill I turned my head to look at the hillside I was leaving.

sunny - ensoleillé

landscape - paysage

wheat - du blé, blé, rench: t-needed r

ahead - a l'avance, devant

Inn - l'auberge, auberge

swinging - l'échangisme, pivotant, (swing), osciller, se balancer

sign - signe, signent, signez, placard, caractériser

bottom - fond, bas, dessous, arriere-train, cul

hillside - colline, flanc de coteau

Thick streamers of black smoke shot with threads of red fire were driving up into the still air, and throwing dark shadows upon the green treetops eastward. The smoke already extended far away to the east and west--to the Byfleet pine woods eastward, and to Woking on the west. The road was dotted with people running towards us.

threads - fils, fil, processus léger, exétron

shadows - ombres, ombre, prendre en filature, t+filer

treetops - la cime des arbres, cime des arbres

And very faint now, but very distinct through the hot, quiet air, one heard the whirr of a machine-gun that was presently stilled, and an intermittent cracking of rifles. Apparently the Martians were setting fire to everything within range of their Heat-Ray.

whirr - ronflement, vrombir

machine-gun - (machine-gun) Une mitrailleuse

cracking - craquage, (crack) craquage

rifles - fusils, fusil

I am not an expert driver, and I had immediately to turn my attention to the horse. When I looked back again the second hill had hidden the black smoke. I slashed the horse with the whip, and gave him a loose rein until Woking and Send lay between us and that quivering tumult. I overtook and passed the doctor between Woking and Send.

expert - expert

attention - attention, attentions, garde a vous

slashed - tailladé, taillader

whip - fouet, whip, fouetter, flageller, défaire, battre

loose - en vrac, ample, desserré

rein - rein, frein

overtook - dépasser, doubler, surprendre


Leatherhead is about twelve miles from Maybury Hill. The scent of hay was in the air through the lush meadows beyond Pyrford, and the hedges on either side were sweet and gay with multitudes of dog-roses. The heavy firing that had broken out while we were driving down Maybury Hill ceased as abruptly as it began, leaving the evening very peaceful and still.

scent - parfum, odeur, odorat, sentir

Hay - foin

lush - luxuriant

meadows - prairies, pré

gay - gay, gai

multitudes - multitudes, multitude

roses - des roses, Rose

heavy - lourd, emporté

broken out - évadé

peaceful - paisible

We got to Leatherhead without misadventure about nine o'clock, and the horse had an hour's rest while I took supper with my cousins and commended my wife to their care.

misadventure - mésaventure

supper - dîner, souper

commended - félicité, féliciter, recommander

care - soins, s'occuper, soin, souci

My wife was curiously silent throughout the drive, and seemed oppressed with forebodings of evil. I talked to her reassuringly, pointing out that the Martians were tied to the Pit by sheer heaviness, and at the utmost could but crawl a little out of it; but she answered only in monosyllables.

curiously - curieusement

throughout - tout au long de l'année, tout au long de, durant

oppressed - opprimés, opprimer, oppresser

forebodings - des pressentiments, mauvais pressentiment

evil - le mal, mauvais, torve

reassuringly - rassurant

tied - attachée, attacher

sheer - transparent, pur

utmost - le plus important, extreme, plus grand, supreme, maximum

monosyllables - monosyllabes, monosyllabe

Had it not been for my promise to the innkeeper, she would, I think, have urged me to stay in Leatherhead that night. Would that I had! Her face, I remember, was very white as we parted.

innkeeper - l'aubergiste, tavernier, hôtelier, aubergiste

urged - pressé, pulsion, pousser, inciter, provoquer, insister

For my own part, I had been feverishly excited all day. Something very like the war fever that occasionally runs through a civilised community had got into my blood, and in my heart I was not so very sorry that I had to return to Maybury that night. I was even afraid that that last fusillade I had heard might mean the extermination of our invaders from Mars.

feverishly - fébrilement

community - communauté

fusillade - fusillade

I can best express my state of mind by saying that I wanted to be in at the death.

express - express, exprimons, exprimez, exprimer, expriment

It was nearly eleven when I started to return. The night was unexpectedly dark; to me, walking out of the lighted passage of my cousins'house, it seemed indeed black, and it was as hot and close as the day. Overhead the clouds were driving fast, albeit not a breath stirred the shrubs about us. My cousins'man lit both lamps. Happily, I knew the road intimately.

unexpectedly - de maniere inattendue, surprenamment

clouds - nuages, s'obscurcir

stirred - remué, brasser, agiter

shrubs - des arbustes, arbuste

Happily - heureux, heureusement, par bonheur, joyeusement, gaiement

intimately - intimement

My wife stood in the light of the doorway, and watched me until I jumped up into the dog cart. Then abruptly she turned and went in, leaving my cousins side by side wishing me good hap.

jumped - a sauté, (faire) sauter

hap - hap

I was a little depressed at first with the contagion of my wife's fears, but very soon my thoughts reverted to the Martians. At that time I was absolutely in the dark as to the course of the evening's fighting. I did not know even the circumstances that had precipitated the conflict.

depressed - déprimé, appuyer

contagion - la contagion, contagion

thoughts - réflexions, idée, pensée

reverted - inversé, conversion, retomber, retourner, redevenir, renvoyer

circumstances - circonstances, circonstance

precipitated - précipité

As I came through Ockham (for that was the way I returned, and not through Send and Old Woking) I saw along the western horizon a blood-red glow, which as I drew nearer, crept slowly up the sky. The driving clouds of the gathering thunderstorm mingled there with masses of black and red smoke.

horizon - horizon

thunderstorm - orage

masses - masses, amas

Ripley Street was deserted, and except for a lighted window or so the village showed not a sign of life; but I narrowly escaped an accident at the corner of the road to Pyrford, where a knot of people stood with their backs to me. They said nothing to me as I passed.

sign of life - un signe de vie

escaped - s'est échappé, échapper, s'échapper, éviter, tirer

accident - accident

I do not know what they knew of the things happening beyond the hill, nor do I know if the silent houses I passed on my way were sleeping securely, or deserted and empty, or harassed and watching against the terror of the night.

securely - en toute sécurité

harassed - harcelés, harceler

From Ripley until I came through Pyrford I was in the valley of the Wey, and the red glare was hidden from me. As I ascended the little hill beyond Pyrford Church the glare came into view again, and the trees about me shivered with the first intimation of the storm that was upon me.

Valley - la vallée, vallée, val

Wey - wey

ascended - ascensionné, monter

Then I heard midnight pealing out from Pyrford Church behind me, and then came the silhouette of Maybury Hill, with its tree-tops and roofs black and sharp against the red.

pealing - l'épluchage, (peal) l'épluchage

silhouette - silhouette

Even as I beheld this a lurid green glare lit the road about me and showed the distant woods towards Addlestone. I felt a tug at the reins. I saw that the driving clouds had been pierced as it were by a thread of green fire, suddenly lighting their confusion and falling into the field to my left. It was the third falling star!

beheld - a été observée, regarder, voir, observer, voici, voila

tug - tirer, remorquer, tirement

pierced - percé, percer

thread - fil, processus léger, exétron, fil de discussion, filer

Close on its apparition, and blindingly violet by contrast, danced out the first lightning of the gathering storm, and the thunder burst like a rocket overhead. The horse took the bit between his teeth and bolted.

apparition - apparition

blindingly - de façon aveuglante

Violet - violet, violette

contrast - contraste, contraster

thunder - le tonnerre, tonnerre, tonitruer

rocket - fusée

A moderate incline runs towards the foot of Maybury Hill, and down this we clattered. Once the lightning had begun, it went on in as rapid a succession of flashes as I have ever seen. The thunderclaps, treading one on the heels of another and with a strange crackling accompaniment, sounded more like the working of a gigantic electric machine than the usual detonating reverberations.

moderate - modéré, moderer, modérer

clattered - claudiqué, claquer, craquer, claquement, craquement, vacarme

rapid - rapide, rapides

succession - succession

thunderclaps - des coups de tonnerre, coup de tonnerre

treading - le piétinement, (tread) le piétinement

crackling - crépitement, couenne rissolee, (crackle)

accompaniment - l'accompagnement, accompagnement

gigantic - gigantesque, colossal

detonating - détonation, détonner, détoner

reverberations - les réverbérations, contrecoup, echo, réflexion, répercussion

The flickering light was blinding and confusing, and a thin hail smote gustily at my face as I drove down the slope.

confusing - confus, rendre perplexe, confondre

hail - grele

gustily - grose

At first I regarded little but the road before me, and then abruptly my attention was arrested by something that was moving rapidly down the opposite slope of Maybury Hill. At first I took it for the wet roof of a house, but one flash following another showed it to be in swift rolling movement.

rolling - rouler, enroulant, roulant, (roll) rouler

It was an elusive vision--a moment of bewildering darkness, and then, in a flash like daylight, the red masses of the Orphanage near the crest of the hill, the green tops of the pine trees, and this problematical object came out clear and sharp and bright.

elusive - insaisissable

vision - vision, vue, aspiration, apparition

bewildering - déconcertant, abasourdir, confondre, déconcerter, dérouter

daylight - la lumiere du jour, jour, lumiere du jour

masses - masses, Masse, Massé

orphanage - orphelinat, maison d'enfants

problematical - problématique

And this Thing I saw! How can I describe it? A monstrous tripod, higher than many houses, striding over the young pine trees, and smashing them aside in its career; a walking engine of glittering metal, striding now across the heather; articulate ropes of steel dangling from it, and the clattering tumult of its passage mingling with the riot of the thunder.

tripod - trépied

striding - a grandes enjambées, marcher a grands pas

aside - a part, a côté, en passant, aparté

engine - moteur

glittering - scintillant, étincelant, (glitter), étincellement, paillette

ropes - des cordes, corde

of steel - d'acier

mingling - se meler, (mingle), mélanger

riot - émeute

A flash, and it came out vividly, heeling over one way with two feet in the air, to vanish and reappear almost instantly as it seemed, with the next flash, a hundred yards nearer. Can you imagine a milking stool tilted and bowled violently along the ground? That was the impression those instant flashes gave. But instead of a milking stool imagine it a great body of machinery on a tripod stand.

vividly - précise

heeling - le gîte, (heel) le gîte

vanish - disparaître, s'évanouir, s'annuler

reappear - reparaître, réapparaître

instantly - instantanément, instamment

stool - tabouret

tilted - incliné, pencher

bowled - au bowling, boule

impression - impression

machinery - des machines, machines, pieces, machinerie, mécanique

Then suddenly the trees in the pine wood ahead of me were parted, as brittle reeds are parted by a man thrusting through them; they were snapped off and driven headlong, and a second huge tripod appeared, rushing, as it seemed, headlong towards me. And I was galloping hard to meet it! At the sight of the second monster my nerve went altogether.

brittle - fragile, cassant, croquant

reeds - anches, roseau

thrusting - poussée, (thrust), estocade, propulser

snapped off - cassé

Not stopping to look again, I wrenched the horse's head hard round to the right and in another moment the dog cart had heeled over upon the horse; the shafts smashed noisily, and I was flung sideways and fell heavily into a shallow pool of water.

wrenched - arraché, arracher

heeled - a talons, talon

shafts - arbres, hampe, rachis, cage, entuber

smashed - écrasé, smash, fracasser, percuter, écraser

noisily - bruyamment

heavily - lourdement

shallow - superficielle, peu profond, superficiel, haut-fond, baisse

I crawled out almost immediately, and crouched, my feet still in the water, under a clump of furze. The horse lay motionless (his neck was broken, poor brute!) and by the lightning flashes I saw the black bulk of the overturned dog cart and the silhouette of the wheel still spinning slowly. In another moment the colossal mechanism went striding by me, and passed uphill towards Pyrford.

crouched - accroupi, s'accroupir

clump - amas, touffe, massif

neck - cou, kiki

brute - brute, bete, brutal

wheel - roue, barre, rouler

mechanism - mécanisme

uphill - en montée, en amont

Seen nearer, the Thing was incredibly strange, for it was no mere insensate machine driving on its way. Machine it was, with a ringing metallic pace, and long, flexible, glittering tentacles (one of which gripped a young pine tree) swinging and rattling about its strange body.

mere - simple

insensate - insensée

driving on - en train de conduire

metallic - métallique, métalisé

flexible - flexible, maléable, souple

It picked its road as it went striding along, and the brazen hood that surmounted it moved to and fro with the inevitable suggestion of a head looking about. Behind the main body was a huge mass of white metal like a gigantic fisherman's basket, and puffs of green smoke squirted out from the joints of the limbs as the monster swept by me. And in an instant it was gone.

picked - choisi, pioche, passe-partout, choix, écran, prendre, cueillir

brazen - effronté, cuivreux, aigu, dur comme de la pierre

hood - capot, capuchon, couverture

surmounted - surmonté, surmonter

suggestion - suggestion, proposition

main body - le corps principal

fisherman - pecheur, pecheur, pecheuse

joints - articulations, conjoint, commun, articulation, rotule, jointure

limbs - membres, membre

instant - instantanée, moment

So much I saw then, all vaguely for the flickering of the lightning, in blinding highlights and dense black shadows.

vaguely - vaguement

highlights - les faits marquants, rehaut, réhaut, temps fort

As it passed it set up an exultant deafening howl that drowned the thunder--"Aloo! Aloo!"--and in another minute it was with its companion, half a mile away, stooping over something in the field. I have no doubt this Thing in the field was the third of the ten cylinders they had fired at us from Mars.

exultant - exultant

deafening - assourdissante, assourdissant, (deafen), assourdir

howl - hurlement, hurler

drowned - noyé, noyer

companion - compagnon, compagne

stooping - se baisser

cylinders - cylindres, cylindre

For some minutes I lay there in the rain and darkness watching, by the intermittent light, these monstrous beings of metal moving about in the distance over the hedge tops. A thin hail was now beginning, and as it came and went their figures grew misty and then flashed into clearness again. Now and then came a gap in the lightning, and the night swallowed them up.

beings - etres, etre, créature, existence

hedge - couverture, haie

hail - grele, charretée, greler

misty - brumeux

gap - l'écart, breche, créneau, breche

swallowed - avalé, avaler

I was soaked with hail above and puddle water below. It was some time before my blank astonishment would let me struggle up the bank to a drier position, or think at all of my imminent peril.

soaked - trempé, tremper, faire tremper, immerger, éponger

puddle - flaque, flaque d'eau, gouille

blank astonishment - l'étonnement complet

drier - plus sec, (drey) plus sec

imminent - imminent

peril - péril, risque

Not far from me was a little one-roomed squatter's hut of wood, surrounded by a patch of potato garden. I struggled to my feet at last, and, crouching and making use of every chance of cover, I made a run for this.

squatter - squatter, (squat)

hut - hutte, chaumiere, cabane

struggled - en difficulté, lutte, lutter, s'efforcer, combattre

crouching - accroupi, s'accroupir

chance - chance, hasard

I hammered at the door, but I could not make the people hear (if there were any people inside), and after a time I desisted, and, availing myself of a ditch for the greater part of the way, succeeded in crawling, unobserved by these monstrous machines, into the pine woods towards Maybury.

hammered - martelée, marteau, chien, malléus, t+marteau, marteler

availing - disponible, profiter, saisir, servir

unobserved - non observée

Under cover of this I pushed on, wet and shivering now, towards my own house. I walked among the trees trying to find the footpath. It was very dark indeed in the wood, for the lightning was now becoming infrequent, and the hail, which was pouring down in a torrent, fell in columns through the gaps in the heavy foliage.

shivering - des frissons, (shiver) des frissons

footpath - sentier, trottoir

infrequent - peu fréquents

pouring - versant, (pour) versant

torrent - torrent

columns - colonnes, colonne, colonne (1, 2, 3)

gaps - lacunes, espace, vide, trou

foliage - le feuillage, feuillage

If I had fully realised the meaning of all the things I had seen I should have immediately worked my way round through Byfleet to Street Cobham, and so gone back to rejoin my wife at Leatherhead. But that night the strangeness of things about me, and my physical wretchedness, prevented me, for I was bruised, weary, wet to the skin, deafened and blinded by the storm.

fully - pleinement, entierement, completement

gone back - repartir

rejoin - rejoins, rejoignons, rejoignez, rejoignent

wretchedness - la misere

prevented - empeché, empecher

bruised - contusionné, contusionner, meurtrir, taler, cotir, se taler

deafened - sourd, assourdir, rendre sourd

I had a vague idea of going on to my own house, and that was as much motive as I had. I staggered through the trees, fell into a ditch and bruised my knees against a plank, and finally splashed out into the lane that ran down from the College Arms. I say splashed, for the storm water was sweeping the sand down the hill in a muddy torrent.

vague - vague

motive - motif, mobile, theme, motiver, moteur, mouvant

plank - planche, gainage

finally - enfin, définitivement

splashed - éclaboussé, plouf, bruit, éclaboussure, éclabousser, asperger

lane - chemin

ran down - s'écraser

Muddy - morne

There in the darkness a man blundered into me and sent me reeling back.

He gave a cry of terror, sprang sideways, and rushed on before I could gather my wits sufficiently to speak to him. So heavy was the stress of the storm just at this place that I had the hardest task to win my way up the hill. I went close up to the fence on the left and worked my way along its palings.

wits - l'esprit, esprit

task - tâche

close up - de pres

Near the top I stumbled upon something soft, and, by a flash of lightning, saw between my feet a heap of black broadcloth and a pair of boots. Before I could distinguish clearly how the man lay, the flicker of light had passed. I stood over him waiting for the next flash.

stumbled - en état de choc, chute, faux pas, bourde, trébucher

soft - souple, moelleux, alcoolsans, mou, doux

distinguish - distinguer

When it came, I saw that he was a sturdy man, cheaply but not shabbily dressed; his head was bent under his body, and he lay crumpled up close to the fence, as though he had been flung violently against it.

sturdy - solide, costaud, robuste

shabbily - minable

bent - plié, courba, courbai, courbés, courbé, cambrai

crumpled - froissé, chiffonner, froisser, se froisser, s'effondrer

Overcoming the repugnance natural to one who had never before touched a dead body, I stooped and turned him over to feel for his heart. He was quite dead. Apparently his neck had been broken. The lightning flashed for a third time, and his face leaped upon me. I sprang to my feet. It was the landlord of the Spotted Dog, whose conveyance I had taken.

Overcoming - surmonter, vaincre, envahir

repugnance - répugnance

dead body - un corps

stooped - vouté, se baisser

leaped - a sauté, sauter, bondir

I stepped over him gingerly and pushed on up the hill. I made my way by the police station and the College Arms towards my own house. Nothing was burning on the hillside, though from the common there still came a red glare and a rolling tumult of ruddy smoke beating up against the drenching hail. So far as I could see by the flashes, the houses about me were mostly uninjured.

stepped - en escalier, steppe

gingerly - avec précaution, doucement, précautionneusement

police station - le commissariat de police

ruddy - ruddy, rougeâtre

beating up - battu

drenching - l'arrosage, tremper

mostly - surtout, majoritairement

uninjured - indemne

By the College Arms a dark heap lay in the road.

lay in - s'allonger

Down the road towards Maybury Bridge there were voices and the sound of feet, but I had not the courage to shout or to go to them. I let myself in with my latchkey, closed, locked and bolted the door, staggered to the foot of the staircase, and sat down. My imagination was full of those striding metallic monsters, and of the dead body smashed against the fence.

shout - crier, cri, jacasser, crient, criez, crions

latchkey - clé a molette

staircase - escalier

monsters - des monstres, monstre, bete, monstrueux

I crouched at the foot of the staircase with my back to the wall, shivering violently.


I have already said that my storms of emotion have a trick of exhausting themselves. After a time I discovered that I was cold and wet, and with little pools of water about me on the stair carpet. I got up almost mechanically, went into the dining room and drank some whiskey, and then I was moved to change my clothes.

storms - tempetes, orage, tempete

trick - tour, astuce, truc, rench: t-needed r, pli, levée, quart, duper

exhausting - épuisant, épuiser, échappement

stair - l'escalier, marche, escalier, volée

carpet - tapis, moquette, tapisser

mechanically - mécaniquement

whiskey - du whisky, whisky

After I had done that I went upstairs to my study, but why I did so I do not know. The window of my study looks over the trees and the railway towards Horsell Common. In the hurry of our departure this window had been left open. The passage was dark, and, by contrast with the picture the window frame enclosed, the side of the room seemed impenetrably dark. I stopped short in the doorway.

departure - départ, déviation

left open - laissé ouvert

contrast with - en contraste avec

frame - encadrer, cadre, armature, ossature, image, manche, frame, trame

impenetrably - impénétrable

The thunderstorm had passed. The towers of the Oriental College and the pine trees about it had gone, and very far away, lit by a vivid red glare, the common about the sand pits was visible. Across the light huge black shapes, grotesque and strange, moved busily to and fro.

vivid - vivante, vivide

grotesque - grotesque

busily - avec activité

It seemed indeed as if the whole country in that direction was on fire--a broad hillside set with minute tongues of flame, swaying and writhing with the gusts of the dying storm, and throwing a red reflection upon the cloud-scud above. Every now and then a haze of smoke from some nearer conflagration drove across the window and hid the Martian shapes.

tongues - langues, langue, languette

swaying - se balancer, (sway), autorité, poids, influence, prépondérance

gusts - des rafales, rafale

dying - teignant, mourant, (dye) teignant

reflection - réflexion, reflet, eaning 4

scud - galoper

conflagration - conflagration, incendie, rench: t-needed r

I could not see what they were doing, nor the clear form of them, nor recognise the black objects they were busied upon. Neither could I see the nearer fire, though the reflections of it danced on the wall and ceiling of the study. A sharp, resinous tang of burning was in the air.

neither - ni l'un ni l'autre, aucun des deux, ni X ni Y, non plus

reflections - réflexions, réflexion, reflet, qualifiereaning 4

ceiling - plafond, (ceil) plafond

resinous - résineux

tang - tang, saveur/senteur forte (et piquante)

I closed the door noiselessly and crept towards the window. As I did so, the view opened out until, on the one hand, it reached to the houses about Woking station, and on the other to the charred and blackened pine woods of Byfleet.

noiselessly - sans bruit

There was a light down below the hill, on the railway, near the arch, and several of the houses along the Maybury road and the streets near the station were glowing ruins. The light upon the railway puzzled me at first; there were a black heap and a vivid glare, and to the right of that a row of yellow oblongs.

ruins - des ruines, ruine, ruiner, abîmer

puzzled - perplexe, mystere, énigme, puzzle, casse-tete, jeu de patience

oblongs - oblongs, oblong

Then I perceived this was a wrecked train, the fore part smashed and on fire, the hinder carriages still upon the rails.

wrecked - épave, carcasse, accident, bousiller, ruiner

hinder - entraver, gener, embarrasser, (hind) entraver

carriages - les wagons, rench: -neededr, carrosse, port, chariot

rails - rails, barre, tringle

Between these three main centres of light--the houses, the train, and the burning county towards Chobham--stretched irregular patches of dark country, broken here and there by intervals of dimly glowing and smoking ground. It was the strangest spectacle, that black expanse set with fire. It reminded me, more than anything else, of the Potteries at night.

county - comté

stretched - étiré, étendre, s'étendre, s'étirer, étirement

spectacle - spectacle

reminded - rappelée, rappeler

Potteries - poteries, poterie

At first I could distinguish no people at all, though I peered intently for them. Later I saw against the light of Woking station a number of black figures hurrying one after the other across the line.

intently - attentivement

And this was the little world in which I had been living securely for years, this fiery chaos! What had happened in the last seven hours I still did not know; nor did I know, though I was beginning to guess, the relation between these mechanical colossi and the sluggish lumps I had seen disgorged from the cylinder.

fiery - ardente, ardent, brulant, flamboyant, enflammé

chaos - le chaos, chaos, (chao) le chaos

colossi - colossi, colosse

lumps - des grumeaux, masse, tas, protubérance, renflement, bosse

disgorged - dégorgé, vomir

With a queer feeling of impersonal interest I turned my desk chair to the window, sat down, and stared at the blackened country, and particularly at the three gigantic black things that were going to and fro in the glare about the sand pits.

impersonal - impersonnelle

desk chair - chaise de bureau

particularly - en particulier

They seemed amazingly busy. I began to ask myself what they could be. Were they intelligent mechanisms? Such a thing I felt was impossible. Or did a Martian sit within each, ruling, directing, using, much as a man's brain sits and rules in his body?

amazingly - étonnamment

mechanisms - mécanismes, mécanisme

directing - la mise en scene, direct, mettre en scene, ordonner

I began to compare the things to human machines, to ask myself for the first time in my life how an ironclad or a steam engine would seem to an intelligent lower animal.

ironclad - le fer a cheval, cuirassé, sans faille

steam engine - moteur a vapeur

The storm had left the sky clear, and over the smoke of the burning land the little fading pinpoint of Mars was dropping into the west, when a soldier came into my garden. I heard a slight scraping at the fence, and rousing myself from the lethargy that had fallen upon me, I looked down and saw him dimly, clambering over the palings.

fading - s'estomper, déteignant, (fad), mode, lubie

Slight - insignifiant, léger

scraping - grattant, (scrap) grattant

rousing - l'enthousiasme, réveiller

lethargy - léthargie, nonchalance, langueur

clambering - de l'escalade, grimper

At the sight of another human being my torpor passed, and I leaned out of the window eagerly.

torpor - torpeur

leaned out - se pencher

eagerly - avec empressement, avidement

"Hist!" said I, in a whisper.

Hist - hist

whisper - chuchotement, chuchoter, susurrer, murmurer

He stopped astride of the fence in doubt. Then he came over and across the lawn to the corner of the house. He bent down and stepped softly.

astride - a califourchon, a califourchon, a califourchon sur

fence in - Clôturer

stepped - en escalier, pas

softly - en douceur, doucement

"Who's there?" he said, also whispering, standing under the window and peering up.

whispering - chuchotement, (whisper), chuchoter, susurrer

"Where are you going?" I asked.

"God knows."

"Are you trying to hide?"

hide - cacher, planquer, peau, fourrure

"That's it."

"Come into the house," I said.

I went down, unfastened the door, and let him in, and locked the door again. I could not see his face. He was hatless, and his coat was unbuttoned.

unfastened - non fermé, défaire

hatless - sans chapeau, tete nue

"My God!" he said, as I drew him in.

"What has happened?" I asked.

"What hasn't?" In the obscurity I could see he made a gesture of despair. "They wiped us out--simply wiped us out," he repeated again and again.

obscurity - l'obscurité, obscurité

gesture - geste, signe

despair - le désespoir, désespérer, désespoir

wiped - essuyé, essuyer

He followed me, almost mechanically, into the dining room.

"Take some whiskey," I said, pouring out a stiff dose.

pouring out - qui se déverse

stiff - rigide, raide, macchabée

dose - dose

He drank it. Then abruptly he sat down before the table, put his head on his arms, and began to sob and weep like a little boy, in a perfect passion of emotion, while I, with a curious forgetfulness of my own recent despair, stood beside him, wondering.

sob - sanglot, fdp

weep - pleurer, pleurez, pleurons, pleurent

passion - passion

recent - récente, récent

wondering - se demander, (wonder), merveille, conjecturer

It was a long time before he could steady his nerves to answer my questions, and then he answered perplexingly and brokenly. He was a driver in the artillery, and had only come into action about seven. At that time firing was going on across the common, and it was said the first party of Martians were crawling slowly towards their second cylinder under cover of a metal shield.

perplexingly - avec perplexité

brokenly - brisé

Artillery - l'artillerie, artillerie

shield - bouclier, enseigne

Later this shield staggered up on tripod legs and became the first of the fighting-machines I had seen. The gun he drove had been unlimbered near Horsell, in order to command the sand pits, and its arrival it was that had precipitated the action. As the limber gunners went to the rear, his horse trod in a rabbit hole and came down, throwing him into a depression of the ground.

Command - commandement, ordre, maîtrise, commande, commander, ordonner

limber - souple, s'échauffer, faire des exercices (d'assouplissement)

rear - arriere, verso, élever

trod - trod, (tread) trod

depression - la dépression, dépression

At the same moment the gun exploded behind him, the ammunition blew up, there was fire all about him, and he found himself lying under a heap of charred dead men and dead horses.

exploded - explosé, exploser, détoner, sauter

ammunition - munitions

blew up - a explosé

"I lay still," he said, "scared out of my wits, with the fore quarter of a horse atop of me. We'd been wiped out. And the smell--good God! Like burnt meat! I was hurt across the back by the fall of the horse, and there I had to lie until I felt better. Just like parade it had been a minute before--then stumble, bang, swish!"

scared - effrayé, (scar)

atop - atop, au-dessus de, en haut de

smell - odeur, parfum, gout, odorat, sentir, humer

hurt - faire mal, blesser, blessé

lie - mentir, mensonge, mentez, gésir, gis, mentons

parade - défilé, parader, parade

stumble - chute, faux pas, bourde, trébucher

bang - bang, détonation

swish - swish, chic, doux, en vogue, lisse, bruisser

"Wiped out!" he said.

He had hid under the dead horse for a long time, peeping out furtively across the common. The Cardigan men had tried a rush, in skirmishing order, at the pit, simply to be swept out of existence.

peeping - de l'espionnage, regarder qqch a la dérobée

furtively - furtivement

skirmishing - l'escarmouche, (skirmish), escarmouche, échauffourée

Then the monster had risen to its feet and had begun to walk leisurely to and fro across the common among the few fugitives, with its headlike hood turning about exactly like the head of a cowled human being. A kind of arm carried a complicated metallic case, about which green flashes scintillated, and out of the funnel of this there smoked the Heat-Ray.

risen - ressuscité, augmenter, monter, lever

leisurely - tranquillement

fugitives - fugitifs, fugitif, fugitive, éphémere, fuyant

headlike - en forme de tete

turning about - en train de tourner

exactly - exactement

cowled - vouté, froc

complicated - compliqué, compliquer

scintillated - scintillé, scintiller

funnel - entonnoir

In a few minutes there was, so far as the soldier could see, not a living thing left upon the common, and every bush and tree upon it that was not already a blackened skeleton was burning. The hussars had been on the road beyond the curvature of the ground, and he saw nothing of them. He heard the Martians rattle for a time and then become still.

skeleton - squelette, ossature

curvature - la courbure, courbure

The giant saved Woking station and its cluster of houses until the last; then in a moment the Heat-Ray was brought to bear, and the town became a heap of fiery ruins. Then the Thing shut off the Heat-Ray, and turning its back upon the artilleryman, began to waddle away towards the smouldering pine woods that sheltered the second cylinder.

cluster - cluster, groupe, grappe, régime, amas, rench: t-needed r

shut off - Couper

artilleryman - artilleur

waddle - se dandiner

sheltered - a l'abri, abri, refuge, abriter

As it did so a second glittering Titan built itself up out of the pit.

Titan - titan

The second monster followed the first, and at that the artilleryman began to crawl very cautiously across the hot heather ash towards Horsell. He managed to Get alive into the ditch by the side of the road, and so escaped to Woking. There his story became ejaculatory. The place was impassable. It seems there were a few people alive there, frantic for the most part and many burned and scalded.

cautiously - avec prudence, précautionneusement

managed - gérée, gérer, ménager, diriger, manier, parvenir, réussir

Get alive - Devenir vivant

ejaculatory - éjaculatoire

impassable - impraticable

burned - brulé, bruler

scalded - ébouillantée, ébouillanter

He was turned aside by the fire, and hid among some almost scorching heaps of broken wall as one of the Martian giants returned. He saw this one pursue a man, catch him up in one of its steely tentacles, and knock his head against the trunk of a pine tree. At last, after nightfall, the artilleryman made a rush for it and got over the railway embankment.

scorching - brulante, roussir, bruler

giants - géants, géant

pursue - poursuivre, rechercher

catch - attraper, prise, touche, loquet, loqueteau, verrou, hic

steely - d'acier

knock - coup, frapper

trunk - tronc, malle, coffre, trompe, coffre (de voiture), valise

nightfall - a la tombée de la nuit, tombée de la nuit

got over - surmonter

Embankment - remblai, chaussée, talus

Since then he had been skulking along towards Maybury, in the hope of getting out of danger Londonward. People were hiding in trenches and cellars, and many of the survivors had made off towards Woking village and Send. He had been consumed with thirst until he found one of the water mains near the railway arch smashed, and the water bubbling out like a spring upon the road.

skulking - de rôder, (skulk), se cacher

out of danger - hors de danger

hiding - se cacher, (hid) se cacher

cellars - caves, cave

survivors - survivants, survivant, survivante, rescapé, rescapée

made off - Partir en courant

consumed - consommée, consommer, consumer, rench: -neededr

thirst - soif, avoir soif, désirer

bubbling - des bulles d'air, bulle, trou, vent, ambiance

That was the story I got from him, bit by bit. He grew calmer telling me and trying to make me see the things he had seen. He had eaten no food since midday, he told me early in his narrative, and I found some mutton and bread in the pantry and brought it into the room. We lit no lamp for fear of attracting the Martians, and ever and again our hands would touch upon bread or meat.

calmer - plus calme, calme, tranquille, calme plat, calmer

narrative - narratif, récit

mutton - du mouton, mouton

pantry - garde-manger

attracting - attirant, attirer

As he talked, things about us came darkly out of the darkness, and the trampled bushes and broken rose trees outside the window grew distinct. It would seem that a number of men or animals had rushed across the lawn. I began to see his face, blackened and haggard, as no doubt mine was also.

When we had finished eating we went softly upstairs to my study, and I looked again out of the open window. In one night the valley had become a valley of ashes. The fires had dwindled now.

ashes - des cendres, cendre

dwindled - a diminué, diminuer, fondre, s'amenuiser, se tarir

Where flames had been there were now streamers of smoke; but the countless ruins of shattered and gutted houses and blasted and blackened trees that the night had hidden stood out now gaunt and terrible in the pitiless light of dawn. Yet here and there some object had had the luck to escape--a white railway signal here, the end of a greenhouse there, white and fresh amid the wreckage.

shattered - brisé, fracasser, réduire en miettes, mettre en pieces, briser

gutted - vidée, panse, boyaux-p, cordes de boyau-p, vider, éviscérer

blasted - blasté, souffle

gaunt - décharné, maigre, osseux, anguleux, émacié

luck - la chance, chance, veine

greenhouse - serre

wreckage - épave

Never before in the history of warfare had destruction been so indiscriminate and so universal. And shining with the growing light of the east, three of the metallic giants stood about the pit, their cowls rotating as though they were surveying the desolation they had made.

indiscriminate - sans discernement

universal - universel

shining - brillant, tibia

stood about - Se tenait autour

cowls - les capuchons, froc

It seemed to me that the pit had been enlarged, and ever and again puffs of vivid green vapour streamed up and out of it towards the brightening dawn--streamed up, whirled, broke, and vanished.

vapour - vapeur, fumées

streamed - en streaming, ruisseau, ru, rupt, filet, flot, courant, torrent

Beyond were the pillars of fire about Chobham. They became pillars of bloodshot smoke at the first touch of day.

pillars - piliers, pilier, pile

bloodshot - des yeux injectés de sang, injecté


As the dawn grew brighter we withdrew from the window from which we had watched the Martians, and went very quietly downstairs.

brighter - plus lumineux, brillant, éclatant

withdrew - s'est retiré, (se) retirer

The artilleryman agreed with me that the house was no place to stay in. He proposed, he said, to make his way Londonward, and thence rejoin his battery--No. 12, of the Horse Artillery. My plan was to return at once to Leatherhead; and so greatly had the strength of the Martians impressed me that I had determined to take my wife to Newhaven, and go with her out of the country forthwith.

proposed - proposée, proposer, demander en mariage

thence - d'ou, des lors

Battery - pile, coups et blessures, batterie

impressed - impressionné, impressionner

determined - déterminé, déterminer

For I already perceived clearly that the country about London must inevitably be the scene of a disastrous struggle before such creatures as these could be destroyed.

scene - scene, scene, scene de ménage

disastrous - désastreux

be destroyed - etre détruite

Between us and Leatherhead, however, lay the third cylinder, with its guarding giants. Had I been alone, I think I should have taken my chance and struck across country.

guarding - garde, protection, gardien, arriere

But the artilleryman dissuaded me: "It's no kindness to the right sort of wife," he said, "to make her a widow"; and in the end I agreed to go with him, under cover of the woods, northward as far as Street Cobham before I parted with him. Thence I would make a big detour by Epsom to reach Leatherhead.

dissuaded - dissuadé, dissuader

kindness - la gentillesse, bonté

widow - veuve

detour - détour, déviation, détourner

reach - atteindre, parviens, allonge, parvenir, préhension

I should have started at once, but my companion had been in active service and he knew better than that. He made me ransack the house for a flask, which he filled with whiskey; and we lined every available pocket with packets of biscuits and slices of meat. Then we crept out of the house, and ran as quickly as we could down the ill-made road by which I had come overnight.

service - service, messe

ransack - mettre a sac, saccager, fouiller

flask - flacon, flasque, fiole

available - disponible

Pocket - poche, empocher, de poche

packets - paquets, paquet

biscuits - des biscuits, biscuit

slices of meat - des tranches de viande

overnight - pendant la nuit, du jour au lendemain, nocturne, nuitée

The houses seemed deserted. In the road lay a group of three charred bodies close together, struck dead by the Heat-Ray; and here and there were things that people had dropped--a clock, a slipper, a silver spoon, and the like poor valuables. At the corner turning up towards the post office a little cart, filled with boxes and furniture, and horseless, heeled over on a broken wheel.

slipper - chausson, pantoufle

spoon - cuillere, cuiller

turning up - apparaitre

A cash box had been hastily smashed open and thrown under the debris.

cash box - la caisse

thrown - jeté, jeter, lancer

debris - débris

Except the lodge at the Orphanage, which was still on fire, none of the houses had suffered very greatly here. The Heat-Ray had shaved the chimney tops and passed. Yet, save ourselves, there did not seem to be a living soul on Maybury Hill. The majority of the inhabitants had escaped, I suppose, by way of the Old Woking road--the road I had taken when I drove to Leatherhead--or they had hidden.

Lodge - cabane, maison du portier, loge, rench: t-needed r, loger

suffered - souffert, souffrir, souffrir de, pâtir de, endurer

shaved - rasé, (se) raser

chimney - cheminée

ourselves - nous-memes, nous-meme

soul - âme

We went down the lane, by the body of the man in black, sodden now from the overnight hail, and broke into the woods at the foot of the hill. We pushed through these towards the railway without meeting a soul.

sodden - détrempé, mouillé, trempé, bourré

The woods across the line were but the scarred and blackened ruins of woods; for the most part the trees had fallen, but a certain proportion still stood, dismal grey stems, with dark brown foliage instead of green.

scarred - cicatrisé, cicatrice

proportion - proportion

dismal - lamentable, misérable, morne, lugubre, déprimant

dark brown - brun foncé

On our side the fire had done no more than scorch the nearer trees; it had failed to secure its footing. In one place the woodmen had been at work on Saturday; trees, felled and freshly trimmed, lay in a clearing, with heaps of sawdust by the sawing-machine and its engine. Hard by was a temporary hut, deserted. There was not a breath of wind this morning, and everything was strangely still.

scorch - bruler, roussir, bruler

freshly - fraîchement, froidement

trimmed - rognée, tailler, compenser, compensation, compensateur, assiette

sawdust - sciure de bois, sciure

sawing - sciage

temporary - temporaire, provisoire, intérimaire

Even the birds were hushed, and as we hurried along I and the artilleryman talked in whispers and looked now and again over our shoulders. Once or twice we stopped to listen.

hushed - étouffé, silence

whispers - chuchotements, chuchotement, chuchoter, susurrer, murmurer

After a time we drew near the road, and as we did so we heard the clatter of hoofs and saw through the tree stems three cavalry soldiers riding slowly towards Woking. We hailed them, and they halted while we hurried towards them. It was a lieutenant and a couple of privates of the 8th Hussars, with a stand like a theodolite, which the artilleryman told me was a heliograph.

saw through - Voir a travers

cavalry - la cavalerie, cavalerie

hailed - salué, grele

halted - arreté, (s')arreter

lieutenant - lieutenant

privates - privés, personnel, personnelle, privé, privée

theodolite - le théodolite, théodolite

heliograph - héliographe

"You are the first men I've seen coming this way this morning," said the lieutenant. "What's brewing?"

brewing - brassage, (brew)

His voice and face were eager. The men behind him stared curiously. The artilleryman jumped down the bank into the road and saluted.

eager - enthousiaste, désireux

saluted - salué, saluer, faire un salut

"Gun destroyed last night, sir. Have been hiding. Trying to rejoin battery, sir. You'll come in sight of the Martians, I expect, about half a mile along this road."

You'll come - Vous viendrez

expect - s'attendre a, attendre, s'attendre a

"What the dickens are they like?" asked the lieutenant.

"Giants in armour, sir. Hundred feet high. Three legs and a body like 'luminium, with a mighty great head in a hood, sir."

armour - armure, blindez, blinder, blindons, cuirass, blindent

luminium - l'aluminium

mighty - puissant

"Get out!" said the lieutenant. "What confounded nonsense!"

nonsense - des absurdités, betise, absurdité, sottise (s)

"You'll see, sir. They carry a kind of box, sir, that shoots fire and strikes you dead."

shoots - des prises de vue, tirer

strikes - greves, biffer, rayer, barrer, frapper, battre

"What d'ye mean--a gun?"

ye - ou, lequel

"No, sir," and the artilleryman began a vivid account of the Heat-Ray. Halfway through, the lieutenant interrupted him and looked up at me. I was still standing on the bank by the side of the road.

halfway - a mi-chemin, mi-chemin

interrupted - interrompu, interrompre, couper

"It's perfectly true," I said.

"Well," said the lieutenant, "I suppose it's my business to see it too. look here"--to the artilleryman--"we're detailed here clearing people out of their houses. You'd better go along and report yourself to Brigadier-General Marvin, and tell him all you know. He's at Weybridge. Know the way?"

look here - regarder ici

brigadier - brigadier, brigadiere

"I do," I said; and he turned his horse southward again.

"Half a mile, you say?" said he.

"At most," I answered, and pointed over the treetops southward. He thanked me and rode on, and we saw them no more.

Farther along we came upon a group of three women and two children in the road, busy clearing out a labourer's cottage. They had got hold of a little hand truck, and were piling it up with unclean-looking bundles and shabby furniture. They were all too assiduously engaged to talk to us as we passed.

clearing out - Vider

Labourer - ouvrier

cottage - chalet, cottage

hold - tenir, stopper, tiens, tiennent, tenons

truck - camion, camiono

unclean - impur

bundles - des liasses, faisceau, fagot, paquet, ballot (of goods)

shabby - râpé, usé, élimé, miteux, minable

assiduously - assidument

engaged - engagé, attirer l'attention, engager, embrayer

By Byfleet station we emerged from the pine trees, and found the country calm and peaceful under the morning sunlight.

Calm - calme, tranquille, calme plat, calmer, apaiser

We were far beyond the range of the Heat-Ray there, and had it not been for the silent desertion of some of the houses, the stirring movement of packing in others, and the knot of soldiers standing on the bridge over the railway and staring down the line towards Woking, the day would have seemed very like any other Sunday.

desertion - désertion

packing - colisage, empaquetage, emballant, emballage, (pack) colisage

Several farm waggons and carts were moving creakily along the road to Addlestone, and suddenly through the gate of a field we saw, across a stretch of flat meadow, six twelve-pounders standing neatly at equal distances pointing towards Woking. The gunners stood by the guns waiting, and the ammunition waggons were at a business-like distance. The men stood almost as if under inspection.

carts - chariots, charrette

creakily - grinçant

stretch - étendre, s'étendre, s'étirer, étirement

meadow - prairie, pré

neatly - proprement, élégamment

Equal - l'égalité, égal, égaler a, égale

stood by - Se tenir a côté

inspection - l'inspection, inspection, rench: t-needed r

"That's good!" said I. "They will get one fair shot, at any rate."

The artilleryman hesitated at the gate.

hesitated - hésité, hésiter

"I shall go on," he said.

Farther on towards Weybridge, just over the bridge, there were a number of men in white fatigue jackets throwing up a long rampart, and more guns behind.

fatigue - la fatigue, fatigue, épuisement, corvée, fatiguer

rampart - rempart

"It's bows and arrows against the lightning, anyhow," said the artilleryman. "They 'aven't seen that fire-beam yet."

bows - arcs, (bow) arcs

arrows - fleches, fleche

anyhow - d'une maniere ou d'une autre, de toute maniere

'aven't - Non

The officers who were not actively engaged stood and stared over the treetops southwestward, and the men digging would stop every now and again to stare in the same direction.

actively - activement

southwestward - vers le sud-ouest

digging - creusant, (dig) creusant

stare - fixer, regarder (fixement), dévisager

Byfleet was in a tumult; people packing, and a score of hussars, some of them dismounted, some on horseback, were hunting them about. Three or four black government waggons, with crosses in white circles, and an old omnibus, among other vehicles, were being loaded in the village street. There were scores of people, most of them sufficiently sabbatical to have assumed their best clothes.

on horseback - a cheval

hunting - la chasse, (hunt), chasser, chercher, chasse

government - le gouvernement

crosses - croisements, crosse

circles - cercles, cercle, disque, yeux cernés-p, cerne

omnibus - omnibus

loaded - chargé, charge, chargement

scores - des scores, nombre de pointoints, score, note, vingtaine

sabbatical - sabbatique, rench: année sabbatique g

assumed - supposé, supposer, présupposer, présumer, assumer, adopter

The soldiers were having the greatest difficulty in making them realise the gravity of their position. We saw one shrivelled old fellow with a huge box and a score or more of flower pots containing orchids, angrily expostulating with the corporal who would leave them behind. I stopped and gripped his arm.

gravity - la gravité, gravité, pesanteur

shrivelled - ratatiné, se flétrir, se rider

score - nombre de point oints, score, note, vingtaine

pots - des casseroles, pot

orchids - des orchidées, orchidée

corporal - caporal, cabot

"Do you know what's over there?" I said, pointing at the pine tops that hid the Martians.

"Eh?" said he, turning. "I was explainin'these is vallyble."

explainin - expliquer

"Death!" I shouted. "Death is coming! Death!" and leaving him to digest that if he could, I hurried on after the artillery-man. At the corner I looked back. The soldier had left him, and he was still standing by his box, with the pots of orchids on the lid of it, and staring vaguely over the trees.

digest - digérer, digerer, digerez, digerons

standing by - en attente

No one in Weybridge could tell us where the headquarters were established; the whole place was in such confusion as I had never seen in any town before. Carts, carriages everywhere, the most astonishing miscellany of conveyances and horseflesh.

established - établie, affermir, établir

most astonishing - le plus étonnant

miscellany - des faits divers, miscellanée, mélange, collection

horseflesh - la chair de cheval

The respectable inhabitants of the place, men in golf and boating costumes, wives prettily dressed, were packing, river-side loafers energetically helping, children excited, and, for the most part, highly delighted at this astonishing variation of their Sunday experiences.

costumes - des costumes, costume, déguisement

prettily - joliment

energetically - énergétiquement

highly - hautement, extremement

delighted - ravie, plaisir, délice, joie, enchanter, ravir

astonishing - étonnante, étonner, surprendre

variation - variation, variante, déclinaison

experiences - expériences, expérience

In the midst of it all the worthy vicar was very pluckily holding an early celebration, and his bell was jangling out above the excitement.

midst - centre, milieu

worthy - digne

Vicar - curé, vicaire

pluckily - de maniere énergique

holding - en attente, possession, (hold) en attente

celebration - célébration, fete

bell - cloche, sonnette

jangling - le jangling, (jangle) le jangling

I and the artilleryman, seated on the step of the drinking fountain, made a very passable meal upon what we had brought with us. Patrols of soldiers--here no longer hussars, but grenadiers in white--were warning people to move now or to take refuge in their cellars as soon as the firing began.

seated - assis, place, siege, assise, séant, fond

step - étape, marche

fountain - fontaine

patrols - patrouilles, patrouiller

Grenadiers - grenadiers, grenadier

refuge - refuge

We saw as we crossed the railway bridge that a growing crowd of people had assembled in and about the railway station, and the swarming platform was piled with boxes and packages.

crossed - croisé, crosse

assembled - assemblés, assembler, rassembler

swarming - l'essaimage, (swarm), essaim (flying insects)

platform - plate-forme, scene, podium, quai, plateforme

piled - empilés, pile, tas

packages - paquets, paquet, paquetage, empaqueter, emballer

The ordinary traffic had been stopped, I believe, in order to allow of the passage of troops and guns to Chertsey, and I have heard since that a savage struggle occurred for places in the special trains that were put on at a later hour.

allow of - permettre de

savage - barbare, féroce, sauvage

We remained at Weybridge until midday, and at that hour we found ourselves at the place near Shepperton Lock where the Wey and Thames join. Part of the time we spent helping two old women to pack a little cart. The Wey has a treble mouth, and at this point boats are to be hired, and there was a ferry across the river.

lock - serrure, clôturer, cerrure, arret, obturer, pene

Thames - la tamise, Tamise

pack - pack, emballer, emballons, emballent, emballez, ballot

treble - les aigus, triple

hired - embauché, louer

ferry - bac, ferry, transbordeur

On the Shepperton side was an inn with a lawn, and beyond that the tower of Shepperton Church--it has been replaced by a spire--rose above the trees.

replaced - remplacés, remplacer

spire - spire, fleche

Here we found an excited and noisy crowd of fugitives. As yet the flight had not grown to a panic, but there were already far more people than all the boats going to and fro could enable to cross. People came panting along under heavy burdens; one husband and wife were even carrying a small outhouse door between them, with some of their household goods piled thereon.

enable - autoriser, permettre, activer

Cross - croix, signe de croix, direct du bras arriere, transversal

burdens - charges, poids écrasant

household - foyer, ménage, maisonnée, domestique

thereon - sur ce point, jusque-la

One man told us he meant to try to get away from Shepperton station.

There was a lot of shouting, and one man was even jesting. The idea people seemed to have here was that the Martians were simply formidable human beings, who might attack and sack the town, to be certainly destroyed in the end. Every now and then people would glance nervously across the Wey, at the meadows towards Chertsey, but everything over there was still.

jesting - plaisanterie, (jest) plaisanterie

formidable - formidable

attack - attaque, attaquer, apostropher, invectiver

sack - sac, ficher, résilier

nervously - nerveusement

Across the Thames, except just where the boats landed, everything was quiet, in vivid contrast with the Surrey side. The people who landed there from the boats went tramping off down the lane. The big ferryboat had just made a journey. Three or four soldiers stood on the lawn of the inn, staring and jesting at the fugitives, without offering to help.

tramping - le tramping, (tramp), clochard, va-nuieds, traînée, garce

offering to - proposer

The inn was closed, as it was now within prohibited hours.

prohibited - interdites, interdire, prohiber

"What's that?" cried a boatman, and "Shut up, you fool!" said a man near me to a yelping dog. Then the sound came again, this time from the direction of Chertsey, a muffled thud--the sound of a gun.

boatman - passeur, batelier

fool - idiot, dinde, fou, bouffon, mat, duper, tromper

yelping - glapissement, (yelp) glapissement

The fighting was beginning. Almost immediately unseen batteries across the river to our right, unseen because of the trees, took up the chorus, firing heavily one after the other. A woman screamed. Everyone stood arrested by the sudden stir of battle, near us and yet invisible to us.

batteries - des piles, pile, coups et blessures, batterie

chorus - chour, chour antique, chour, chorale, refrain

screamed - crié, cri, crier

Nothing was to be seen save flat meadows, cows feeding unconcernedly for the most part, and silvery pollard willows motionless in the warm sunlight.

unconcernedly - en toute sérénité

pollard - pollard, trogne

willows - des saules, saule

"The sojers'll stop 'em," said a woman beside me, doubtfully. A haziness rose over the treetops.

doubtfully - douteux, douteusement

haziness - le flou

Then suddenly we saw a rush of smoke far away up the river, a puff of smoke that jerked up into the air and hung; and forthwith the ground heaved under foot and a heavy explosion shook the air, smashing two or three windows in the houses near, and leaving us astonished.

jerked - secoué, secousse

hung - accroché, suspendre, etre accroché

"Here they are!" shouted a man in a blue jersey. "Yonder! D'yer see them? Yonder!"

Jersey - jersey, tricot, maillot

Quickly, one after the other, one, two, three, four of the armoured Martians appeared, far away over the little trees, across the flat meadows that stretched towards Chertsey, and striding hurriedly towards the river. Little cowled figures they seemed at first, going with a rolling motion and as fast as flying birds.

armoured - blindé, armure

hurriedly - en toute hâte, a la hâte, a la sauvette, a la va-vite

Then, advancing obliquely towards us, came a fifth. Their armoured bodies glittered in the sun as they swept swiftly forward upon the guns, growing rapidly larger as they drew nearer. One on the extreme left, the remotest that is, flourished a huge case high in the air, and the ghostly, terrible Heat-Ray I had already seen on Friday night smote towards Chertsey, and struck the town.

obliquely - de maniere indirecte

glittered - pailleté, étincellement, paillette, briller

extreme - extreme, extreme, excessif, excessive

remotest - le plus éloigné, distant, éloigné, télécommande

flourished - a prospéré, fleurir, brandir, gesticulation

ghostly - fantomatique

at sight of these strange, swift, and terrible creatures the crowd near the water's edge seemed to me to be for a moment horror-struck. There was no screaming or shouting, but a silence. Then a hoarse murmur and a movement of feet--a splashing from the water.

at sight - a vue

silence - le silence, silence

hoarse - rauque, rugueux

splashing - éclaboussures, (splash), plouf, bruit, éclaboussure

A man, too frightened to drop the portmanteau he carried on his shoulder, swung round and sent me staggering with a blow from the corner of his burden. A woman thrust at me with her hand and rushed past me. I turned with the rush of the people, but I was not too terrified for thought. The terrible Heat-Ray was in my mind. To get under water! That was it!

frightened - effrayé, effrayer, redouter, terrifier

drop - chute, goutte, tomber

portmanteau - portmanteau

burden - charge, accablement, alourdissons, alourdir, alourdissez

thrust at - Pousser a

get under - s'enfoncer

"Get under water!" I shouted, unheeded.

unheeded - non pris en compte

I faced about again, and rushed towards the approaching Martian, rushed right down the gravelly beach and headlong into the water. Others did the same. A boatload of people putting back came leaping out as I rushed past. The stones under my feet were muddy and slippery, and the river was so low that I ran perhaps twenty feet scarcely waist-deep.

gravelly - graveleux

putting back - a remettre

slippery - glissant

low - faible, inférieure

waist - taille, ceinture

Then, as the Martian towered overhead scarcely a couple of hundred yards away, I flung myself forward under the surface. The splashes of the people in the boats leaping into the river sounded like thunderclaps in my ears. People were landing hastily on both sides of the river.

towered - en hauteur, tour

splashes - des éclaboussures, plouf, bruit, éclaboussure, éclabousser

sides - côtés, côté

But the Martian machine took no more notice for the moment of the people running this way and that than a man would of the confusion of ants in a nest against which his foot has kicked.

Ants - fourmis, fourmi

kicked - botté, donner un coup de pied (a, dans)

When, half suffocated, I raised my head above water, the Martian's hood pointed at the batteries that were still firing across the river, and as it advanced it swung loose what must have been the generator of the Heat-Ray.

suffocated - étouffé, suffoquer, étouffer

pointed at - pointé du doigt

advanced - avancé, élever, avancer, avancée, progression, progres

generator - générateur, générateur électrique

In another moment it was on the bank, and in a stride wading halfway across. The knees of its foremost legs bent at the farther bank, and in another moment it had raised itself to its full height again, close to the village of Shepperton. Forthwith the six guns which, unknown to anyone on the right bank, had been hidden behind the outskirts of that village, fired simultaneously.

stride - foulée, marcher a grands pas

wading - patauger, (wad) patauger

simultaneously - simultanément

The sudden near concussion, the last close upon the first, made my heart jump. The monster was already raising the case generating the Heat-Ray as the first shell burst six yards above the hood.

jump - sauter, sautent, sautiller, sautons, félure

generating - générant, générer, engendrer

I gave a cry of astonishment. I saw and thought nothing of the other four Martian monsters; my attention was riveted upon the nearer incident. Simultaneously two other shells burst in the air near the body as the hood twisted round in time to receive, but not in time to dodge, the fourth shell.

riveted - rivetés, rivet, riveter

incident - incident, checkfait-divers, checkaccident

burst in - fait irruption

twisted - tordu, twist, torsion, entortiller, tordre

receive - recevoir

Dodge - dodge, éviter, contourner, esquiver, éluder

The shell burst clean in the face of the Thing. The hood bulged, flashed, was whirled off in a dozen tattered fragments of red flesh and glittering metal.

flesh - de la chair, chair, peau, viande, corps, pulpe

"Hit!" shouted I, with something between a scream and a cheer.

scream - cri, crier

cheer - applaudir, jubiler

I heard answering shouts from the people in the water about me. I could have leaped out of the water with that momentary exultation.

exultation - exultation

The decapitated colossus reeled like a drunken giant; but it did not fall over. It recovered its balance by a miracle, and, no longer heeding its steps and with the camera that fired the Heat-Ray now rigidly upheld, it reeled swiftly upon Shepperton.

decapitated - décapité, décapiter

colossus - colosse

reeled - enroulé, reel, bobine, enrouleur, embobiner, enrouler, tituber

drunken - ivre

fall over - tomber

recovered - récupéré, recouvrer (la santé)

balance - l'équilibre, contrepoids, équilibre, solde, balancier, apurer

miracle - miracle

heeding - l'écoute, attention, observer, surveiller, preter attention

steps - étapes, pas

rigidly - de maniere rigide, rigidement

upheld - maintenue, soutenir

The living intelligence, the Martian within the hood, was slain and splashed to the four winds of heaven, and the Thing was now but a mere intricate device of metal whirling to destruction. It drove along in a straight line, incapable of guidance.

winds - vents, vent

intricate - complexe

device - appareil, dispositif, stratageme, ruse, manouvre

straight line - ligne droite

incapable - incapable

guidance - d'orientation, guidage, conseils, direction

It struck the tower of Shepperton Church, smashing it down as the impact of a battering ram might have done, swerved aside, blundered on and collapsed with tremendous force into the river out of my sight.

battering - coups de poing, battre

ram - bélier, RAM, mémoire RAM

swerved - a fait une embardée, dévier, se détourner

collapsed - effondré, s'effondrer, effondrement

tremendous - formidable

A violent explosion shook the air, and a spout of water, steam, mud, and shattered metal shot far up into the sky. As the camera of the Heat-Ray hit the water, the latter had immediately flashed into steam. In another moment a huge wave, like a muddy tidal bore but almost scaldingly hot, came sweeping round the bend upstream.

spout - le bec verseur, bec verseur, jet, souffle, jaillir, palabrer

Steam - vapeur d'eau, vapeur

mud - de la boue, boue, bourbe, vase

wave - vague, brandir, onde, flottge

tidal - marée, tidal

bore - l'alésage, rencontrer, naquis, ennuyer, acabit, lasser

scaldingly - de l'échaudage

bend - plier, courber, tordre, tourner

upstream - a contre-courant, a contre-mont, en amont, montant

I saw people struggling shorewards, and heard their screaming and shouting faintly above the seething and roar of the Martian's collapse.

roar - rugir, hurler, s'esclaffer, rire aux éclats

collapse - l'effondrement, s'effondrer, effondrement

For a moment I heeded nothing of the heat, forgot the patent need of self-preservation. I splashed through the tumultuous water, pushing aside a man in black to do so, until I could see round the bend. Half a dozen deserted boats pitched aimlessly upon the confusion of the waves. The fallen Martian came into sight downstream, lying across the river, and for the most part submerged.

heeded - pris en compte, attention, observer, surveiller

patent - brevet

preservation - préservation

aimlessly - sans but précis, sans but, au hasard

waves - des vagues, vague

downstream - aval, descendant, en aval, dans le sens du courant (descente

submerged - submergé, submerger, immerger

Thick clouds of steam were pouring off the wreckage, and through the tumultuously whirling wisps I could see, intermittently and vaguely, the gigantic limbs churning the water and flinging a splash and spray of mud and froth into the air.

pouring off - en train de couler

tumultuously - tumultueusement

intermittently - par intermittence

churning - le barattage, (churn), baratter, agiter, baratte

flinging - flingage, lancer

splash - splash, plouf, bruit, éclaboussure, éclabousser, asperger

spray - pulvériser, embrun

froth - de l'écume, mousse, écume

The tentacles swayed and struck like living arms, and, save for the helpless purposelessness of these movements, it was as if some wounded thing were struggling for its life amid the waves. Enormous quantities of a ruddy-brown fluid were spurting up in noisy jets out of the machine.

quantities - quantités, quantité

fluid - fluide, liquide

spurting - jaillir

jets - jets, (de) jais

My attention was diverted from this death flurry by a furious yelling, like that of the thing called a siren in our manufacturing towns. A man, knee-deep near the towing path, shouted inaudibly to me and pointed. Looking back, I saw the other Martians advancing with gigantic strides down the riverbank from the direction of Chertsey. The Shepperton guns spoke this time unavailingly.

diverted - détourné, dévier, divertir

furious - furieux

yelling - hurlant, (yell) hurlant

siren - sirene, sirene

towing - remorquant, (tow) remorquant

path - chemin, sentier

inaudibly - inaudible

strides - foulées, marcher a grands pas

riverbank - la rive, rive, berge

unavailingly - sans succes

At that I ducked at once under water, and, holding my breath until movement was an agony, blundered painfully ahead under the surface as long as I could. The water was in a tumult about me, and rapidly growing hotter.

ducked - esquivé, plonger (dans l'eau)

agony - l'agonie, agonie, angoisse

When for a moment I raised my head to take breath and throw the hair and water from my eyes, the steam was rising in a whirling white fog that at first hid the Martians altogether. The noise was deafening. Then I saw them dimly, colossal figures of grey, magnified by the mist. They had passed by me, and two were stooping over the frothing, tumultuous ruins of their comrade.

throw - lancer, jetent, jetez, jetons, mise bas

Fog - le brouillard, masquer, brume, brouillard

magnified - amplifié, agrandir

mist - brouillard, brume

frothing - l'écume, mousse, écume

comrade - camarade f, camarade

The third and fourth stood beside him in the water, one perhaps two hundred yards from me, the other towards Laleham. The generators of the Heat-Rays waved high, and the hissing beams smote down this way and that.

generators - des générateurs, générateur, générateur électrique

rays - rayons, rayon

waved - salué, vague

beams - poutres, madrier, poutre, merrain, perche, limon, timon, age

The air was full of sound, a deafening and confusing conflict of noises--the clangorous din of the Martians, the crash of falling houses, the thud of trees, fences, sheds flashing into flame, and the crackling and roaring of fire.

noises - bruits, bruit, vacarme, brouhaha, boucan, tintamarre

clangorous - clangoureux

din - din, vacarme

fences - clôtures, clôture, cloison, recéleur, recéleuse, receleur

sheds - hangars, remise

Dense black smoke was leaping up to mingle with the steam from the river, and as the Heat-Ray went to and fro over Weybridge its impact was marked by flashes of incandescent white, that gave place at once to a smoky dance of lurid flames. The nearer houses still stood intact, awaiting their fate, shadowy, faint and pallid in the steam, with the fire behind them going to and fro.

mingle - se meler, mélanger

marked by - marqué par

intact - intacte, intact

awaiting - en attente, attendre, s'attendre a, servir, guetter

shadowy - ombrageux, sombre

For a moment perhaps I stood there, breast-high in the almost boiling water, dumbfounded at my position, hopeless of escape. Through the reek I could see the people who had been with me in the river scrambling out of the water through the reeds, like little frogs hurrying through grass from the advance of a man, or running to and fro in utter dismay on the towing path.

breast - sein, poitrine, cour, poitrail, blanc

boiling - en ébullition, ébullition, bouillonnement

hopeless - sans espoir, désespéré

reek - reek, sentir, puanteur

scrambling - l'embrouille, brouillage, (scramble), brouiller

frogs - des grenouilles, grenouille

grass - l'herbe, herbe, pelouse, gazon, beuh, balance, moucharder

dismay - affliger, mortifier, avoir peur, désarroi, consternation

Then suddenly the white flashes of the Heat-Ray came leaping towards me. The houses caved in as they dissolved at its touch, and darted out flames; the trees changed to fire with a roar. The Ray flickered up and down the towing path, licking off the people who ran this way and that, and came down to the water's edge not fifty yards from where I stood.

caved - cédé, grotte

Dissolved - dissous, dissoudre

darted - dardé, dard, fleche

flickered - a clignoté, vaciller

licking off - en train de se lécher

It swept across the river to Shepperton, and the water in its track rose in a boiling weal crested with steam. I turned shoreward.

track - piste, trace, marque, sillon, empreinte, sentier, chemin

weal - le bien-etre

crested - a crete, crete, huppe, aigrette, cimier, criniere

shoreward - vers le rivage

In another moment the huge wave, well-nigh at the boiling-point had rushed upon me. I screamed aloud, and scalded, half blinded, agonised, I staggered through the leaping, hissing water towards the shore. Had my foot stumbled, it would have been the end. I fell helplessly, in full sight of the Martians, upon the broad, bare gravelly spit that runs down to mark the angle of the Wey and Thames.

boiling-point - (boiling-point) Point d'ébullition

aloud - a haute voix, a voix haute, a haute voix, fort

shore - rivage, riverain, parages, bord, rive, borde

bare - a nu, dénudé, dégarnir, nu

spit - vomir, cracher, jeter, expectorer

runs down - descendre

I expected nothing but death.

I have a dim memory of the foot of a Martian coming down within a score of yards of my head, driving straight into the loose gravel, whirling it this way and that and lifting again; of a long suspense, and then of the four carrying the debris of their comrade between them, now clear and then presently faint through a veil of smoke, receding interminably, as it seemed to me, across a vast space of river and meadow. And then, very slowly, I realised that by a miracle I had escaped.

lifting - de levage, soulever

receding - en recul, reculer

interminably - interminablement


curate - conservateur, vicaire

After getting this sudden lesson in the power of terrestrial weapons, the Martians retreated to their original position upon Horsell Common; and in their haste, and encumbered with the debris of their smashed companion, they no doubt overlooked many such a stray and negligible victim as myself.

power - pouvoir, puissance, électricité, courant, alimenter

weapons - des armes, arme

retreated - s'est retirée, battre en retraite

original position - position initiale

haste - hâte

stray - égaré, écartez, écartent, écartons, écarter

negligible - négligeable

victim - victime

Had they left their comrade and pushed on forthwith, there was nothing at that time between them and London but batteries of twelve-pounder guns, and they would certainly have reached the capital in advance of the tidings of their approach; as sudden, dreadful, and destructive their advent would have been as the earthquake that destroyed Lisbon a century ago.

pounder - pounder

destructive - destructrice

advent - l'avenement, arrivée

earthquake - tremblement de terre, séisme

Lisbon - lisbonne

But they were in no hurry. Cylinder followed cylinder on its interplanetary flight; every twenty-four hours brought them reinforcement. And meanwhile the military and naval authorities, now fully alive to the tremendous power of their antagonists, worked with furious energy.

interplanetary - interplanétaire

reinforcement - renforcement, renfort

Meanwhile - pendant ce temps

naval - naval

antagonists - antagonistes, antagoniste

Every minute a fresh gun came into position until, before twilight, every copse, every row of suburban villas on the hilly slopes about Kingston and Richmond, masked an expectant black muzzle.

copse - bosquet, fourré

Suburban - banlieue, suburbain, banlieusard

hilly - vallonné

slopes - les pentes, pente, inclinaison

Richmond - richmond

masked - masqué, masque

expectant - en attente, expectatif

muzzle - la museliere, museau, museliere, museler

And through the charred and desolated area--perhaps twenty square miles altogether--that encircled the Martian encampment on Horsell Common, through charred and ruined villages among the green trees, through the blackened and smoking arcades that had been but a day ago pine spinneys, crawled the devoted scouts with the heliographs that were presently to warn the gunners of the Martian approach.

desolated - désolés, ravager, désoler

square - carré, équerre, place, case, carreau, rench: perpendiculaire a

encircled - encerclé, encercler

encampment - campement

ruined - ruiné, ruine, ruiner, abîmer, foutre en l'air

arcades - arcades, arcade, galerie marchande, salle d'arcade

devoted - dévouée, consacrer, vouer

scouts - scouts, éclaireur/-euse

warn - avertir, alerter, prévenir

But the Martians now understood our command of artillery and the danger of human proximity, and not a man ventured within a mile of either cylinder, save at the price of his life.

proximity - proximité

ventured - s'est aventuré, s'aventurer, risquer, oser

It would seem that these giants spent the earlier part of the afternoon in going to and fro, transferring everything from the second and third cylinders--the second in Addlestone Golf Links and the third at Pyrford--to their original pit on Horsell Common.

transferring - transfert, transférer

links - liens, maillon, chaînon

original - originel, original

Over that, above the blackened heather and ruined buildings that stretched far and wide, stood one as sentinel, while the rest abandoned their vast fighting-machines and descended into the pit.

wide - large

abandoned - abandonnée, abandonner

They were hard at work there far into the night, and the towering pillar of dense green smoke that rose therefrom could be seen from the hills about Merrow, and even, it is said, from Banstead and Epsom Downs.

towering - imposant, tour

pillar - pilier, pile

therefrom - de cette façon

hills - collines, colline, côte

And while the Martians behind me were thus preparing for their next sally, and in front of me Humanity gathered for the battle, I made my way with infinite pains and labour from the fire and smoke of burning Weybridge towards London.

sally - sally, sortie

humanity - l'humanité, humanité

pains - douleurs, douleur

labour - le travail, effort, travail, labeur, besogne, travailleurs

I saw an abandoned boat, very small and remote, drifting down-stream; and throwing off the most of my sodden clothes, I went after it, gained it, and so escaped out of that destruction.

Gained - gagné, gagner

There were no oars in the boat, but I contrived to paddle, as well as my parboiled hands would allow, down the river towards Halliford and Walton, going very tediously and continually looking behind me, as you may well understand. I followed the river, because I considered that the water gave me my best chance of escape should these giants return.

oars - rames, rame, aviron

contrived - artificiel, combiner, inventer

paddle - pagaie, patauger, barbotter

parboiled - parboiled, blanchir

allow - laisser, accorder, permettre

tediously - fastidieusement

considered - envisagée, considérer, examiner, réfléchir, songer

The hot water from the Martian's overthrow drifted downstream with me, so that for the best part of a mile I could see little of either bank. Once, however, I made out a string of black figures hurrying across the meadows from the direction of Weybridge. Halliford, it seemed, was deserted, and several of the houses facing the river were on fire.

overthrow - renverser

drifted - a la dérive, dérive, dériver, errer, dévier

string - corde, suite, série, chaîne de caracteres, cordes, cannabis

It was strange to see the place quite tranquil, quite desolate under the hot blue sky, with the smoke and little threads of flame going straight up into the heat of the afternoon. Never before had I seen houses burning without the accompaniment of an obstructive crowd.

straight up - directement

obstructive - obstructive, obstructif

A little farther on the dry reeds up the bank were smoking and glowing, and a line of fire inland was marching steadily across a late field of hay.

For a long time I drifted, so painful and weary was I after the violence I had been through, and so intense the heat upon the water. Then my fears got the better of me again, and I resumed my paddling. The sun scorched my bare back.

painful - douloureux, laborieux

resumed - reprise, reprendre

paddling - pagayer, (paddle) pagayer

scorched - brulé, roussir, bruler

At last, as the bridge at Walton was coming into sight round the bend, my fever and faintness overcame my fears, and I landed on the Middlesex bank and lay down, deadly sick, amid the long grass. I suppose the time was then about four or five o'clock. I got up presently, walked perhaps half a mile without meeting a soul, and then lay down again in the shadow of a hedge.

overcame - surmonté, vaincre, surmonter, envahir

I seem to remember talking, wanderingly, to myself during that last spurt. I was also very thirsty, and bitterly regretful I had drunk no more water. It is a curious thing that I felt angry with my wife; I cannot account for it, but my impotent desire to reach Leatherhead worried me excessively.

wanderingly - de l'errance

spurt - de l'eau, jaillir

bitterly - amerement, amerement

regretful - des regrets

impotent - impuissant

desire - désirer, désir

worried - inquiet, inquiéter

excessively - de maniere excessive, excessivement, bien trop (much too...)

I do not clearly remember the arrival of the curate, so that probably I dozed. I became aware of him as a seated figure in soot-smudged shirt sleeves, and with his upturned, clean-shaven face staring at a faint flickering that danced over the sky. The sky was what is called a mackerel sky--rows and rows of faint down-plumes of cloud, just tinted with the midsummer sunset.

dozed - s'est assoupi, sommeiller

aware - conscient, attentif, vigilant, en éveil, en alerte

Soot - la suie, suie

smudged - bavé, tache, traînée

sleeves - manches, manche, chemise (inner), gaine (outer), manchon

shaven - rasé, (shave)

mackerel - maquereau, scombre

rows - rangées, rang(ée)

plumes - les panaches, plume(t)

tinted - teinté, nuance, teinte

I sat up, and at the rustle of my motion he looked at me quickly.

rustle - bruissement, froufrou, froufrouter

"Have you any water?" I asked abruptly.

He shook his head.

"You have been asking for water for the last hour," he said.

For a moment we were silent, taking stock of each other. I dare say he found me a strange enough figure, naked, save for my water-soaked trousers and socks, scalded, and my face and shoulders blackened by the smoke. His face was a fair weakness, his chin retreated, and his hair lay in crisp, almost flaxen curls on his low forehead; his eyes were rather large, pale blue, and blankly staring.

stock - stock, provision, stockage

naked - nue, nu, a poil, dénudé

socks - chaussettes

weakness - faiblesse, point faible

crisp - net, croustillant, croquant

flaxen - de lin

curls - boucles, boucle, rotationnel, boucler

forehead - front

blankly - en blanc

He spoke abruptly, looking vacantly away from me.

vacantly - vacante

"What does it mean?" he said. "What do these things mean?"

I stared at him and made no answer.

He extended a thin white hand and spoke in almost a complaining tone.

complaining - se plaindre, (complain), porter plainte

tone - ton, tonalité, tonale

"Why are these things permitted? What sins have we done? The morning service was over, I was walking through the roads to clear my brain for the afternoon, and then--fire, earthquake, death! As if it were Sodom and Gomorrah! All our work undone, all the work---- What are these Martians?"

sins - péchés, péché, mal

morning service - service du matin

Sodom - Sodome

Gomorrah - Gomorrhe

undone - défait, défaire

"What are we?" I answered, clearing my throat.

throat - gorge, goulot

He gripped his knees and turned to look at me again. For half a minute, perhaps, he stared silently.

"I was walking through the roads to clear my brain," he said. "And suddenly--fire, earthquake, death!"

He relapsed into silence, with his chin now sunken almost to his knees.

relapsed - rechute, rechuter

Presently he began waving his hand.

"All the work--all the Sunday schools--What have we done--what has Weybridge done? Everything gone--everything destroyed. The church! We rebuilt it only three years ago. Gone! Swept out of existence! Why?"

rebuilt - reconstruit, reconstruire

Another pause, and he broke out again like one demented.

pause - pauser, pause

broke out - a éclaté

"The smoke of her burning goeth up for ever and ever!" he shouted.

goeth - s'en va

for ever - pour toujours

His eyes flamed, and he pointed a lean finger in the direction of Weybridge.

flamed - flambé, flamme, polémique

lean - maigre, adossons, adossent, appuyer, adossez

By this time I was beginning to take his measure. The tremendous tragedy in which he had been involved--it was evident he was a fugitive from Weybridge--had driven him to the very verge of his reason.

measure - mesure, mesurer

Involved - impliqué, nécessiter, impliquer

fugitive - fugitif, fugitive, éphémere, fuyant

"Are we far from Sunbury?" I said, in a matter-of-fact tone.

"What are we to do?" he asked. "Are these creatures everywhere? Has the earth been given over to them?"

"Are we far from Sunbury?"

"Only this morning I officiated at early celebration----"

"Things have changed," I said, quietly. "You must keep your head. There is still hope."


"Yes. Plentiful hope--for all this destruction!"

plentiful - abondante, abondant, copieux, ample

I began to explain my view of our position. He listened at first, but as I went on the interest dawning in his eyes gave place to their former stare, and his regard wandered from me.

dawning - l'aube, (dawn), se lever, naître, aube, lever du soleil, aurore

former - ancien, ancienne, ci devant

wandered - erré, errer, vaguer, divaguer

"This must be the beginning of the end," he said, interrupting me. "The end! The great and terrible day of the Lord! When men shall call upon the mountains and the rocks to fall upon them and hide them--hide them from the face of Him that sitteth upon the throne!"

interrupting - interrompre, couper

rocks - des rochers, rocher, roc

sitteth - s'asseoir

throne - trône

I began to understand the position. I ceased my laboured reasoning, struggled to my feet, and, standing over him, laid my hand on his shoulder.

laboured - laborieux, effort, travail, labeur, besogne, travailleurs-p

"Be a man!" said I. "You are scared out of your wits! What good is religion if it collapses under calamity? Think of what earthquakes and floods, wars and volcanoes, have done before to men! Did you think God had exempted Weybridge? He is not an insurance agent."

religion - religion

collapses - s'effondre, s'effondrer, effondrement

earthquakes - les tremblements de terre, tremblement de terre, séisme

floods - inondations, inondation, inonder, submerger, noyer

wars - guerres, guerre, bataille, entrer en guerre, tfaire la guerre

insurance agent - agent d'assurance

For a time he sat in blank silence.

"But how can we escape?" he asked, suddenly. "They are invulnerable, they are pitiless."

invulnerable - invulnérable

"Neither the one nor, perhaps, the other," I answered. "And the mightier they are the more sane and wary should we be. One of them was killed yonder not three hours ago."

mightier - plus puissant, puissant

more sane - plus sain d'esprit

wary - méfiance, méfiant, circonspect

"Killed!" he said, staring about him. "How can God's ministers be killed?"

ministers - ministres, ministre

"I saw it happen." I proceeded to tell him. "We have chanced to come in for the thick of it," said I, "and that is all."

proceeded - a procédé, avancer, procéder

chanced - hasardeux, hasard

"What is that flicker in the sky?" he asked abruptly.

I told him it was the heliograph signalling--that it was the sign of human help and effort in the sky.

"We are in the midst of it," I said, "quiet as it is. That flicker in the sky tells of the gathering storm. Yonder, I take it are the Martians, and Londonward, where those hills rise about Richmond and Kingston and the trees give cover, earthworks are being thrown up and guns are being placed. Presently the Martians will be coming this way again."

rise - hausse, remonte, élévation, débout, surcroît

earthworks - travaux de terrassement, rench: -neededr

And even as I spoke he sprang to his feet and stopped me by a gesture.

"Listen!" he said.

From beyond the low hills across the water came the dull resonance of distant guns and a remote weird crying. Then everything was still. A cockchafer came droning over the hedge and past us. High in the west the crescent moon hung faint and pale above the smoke of Weybridge and Shepperton and the hot, still splendour of the sunset.

resonance - résonance

weird - bizarre, étrange

cockchafer - hanneton, mélolonthe

moon - lune

splendour - splendeur

"We had better follow this path," I said, "northward."


My younger brother was in London when the Martians fell at Woking. He was a medical student working for an imminent examination, and he heard nothing of the arrival until Saturday morning.

medical - médicale, médical

examination - l'examen, examen

The morning papers on Saturday contained, in addition to lengthy special articles on the planet Mars, on life in the planets, and so forth, a brief and vaguely worded telegram, all the more striking for its brevity.

lengthy - longue, long, longuet

brief - bref, court

more striking - plus frappant

brevity - la brieveté, concision, brieveté, laconisme

The Martians, alarmed by the approach of a crowd, had killed a number of people with a quick-firing gun, so the story ran. The telegram concluded with the words: "Formidable as they seem to be, the Martians have not moved from the pit into which they have fallen, and, indeed, seem incapable of doing so. Probably this is due to the relative strength of the earth's gravitational energy.

alarmed - alarmé, alarme, réveille-matin, réveil, alarmer, fr

relative - relative, relatif, parent, géniteur, génitrice

" On that last text their leader-writer expanded very comfortingly.

leader - chef, leader, dirigeant

expanded - élargi, agrandir, développer, élaborer, (s')éteindre

comfortingly - de maniere réconfortante

Of course all the students in the crammer's biology class, to which my brother went that day, were intensely interested, but there were no signs of any unusual excitement in the streets. The afternoon papers puffed scraps of news under big headlines.

crammer - bachotage

biology - biologie

puffed - soufflé, souffle, bouffée

scraps - des déchets, bout

They had nothing to tell beyond the movements of troops about the common, and the burning of the pine woods between Woking and Weybridge, until eight. Then the St. James's Gazette, in an extra-special edition, announced the bare fact of the interruption of telegraphic communication. This was thought to be due to the falling of burning pine trees across the line.

James - james, Jacques

edition - édition

announced - annoncée, annoncer

interruption - interruption

telegraphic - télégraphique

Nothing more of the fighting was known that night, the night of my drive to Leatherhead and back.

My brother felt no anxiety about us, as he knew from the description in the papers that the cylinder was a good two miles from my house. He made up his mind to run down that night to me, in order, as he says, to see the Things before they were killed. He dispatched a telegram, which never reached me, about four o'clock, and spent the evening at a music hall.

anxiety - l'anxiété, anxiété, inquiétude, angoisse

run down - écrasé

dispatched - expédié, dépeche

hall - couloir, corridor, salle, salon, manoir, foyer

In London, also, on Saturday night there was a thunderstorm, and my brother reached Waterloo in a cab. On the platform from which the midnight train usually starts he learned, after some waiting, that an accident prevented trains from reaching Woking that night. The nature of the accident he could not ascertain; indeed, the railway authorities did not clearly know at that time.

cab - cab, fiacre

reaching - atteindre, arriver/parvenir a

ascertain - vérification, constater, définir

There was very little excitement in the station, as the officials, failing to realise that anything further than a breakdown between Byfleet and Woking junction had occurred, were running the theatre trains which usually passed through Woking round by Virginia Water or Guildford.

officials - fonctionnaires, officiel, cadre, fonctionnaire

breakdown - la panne, panne, crise de nerfs, crise nerveuse, détail

Virginia - la virginie, Virginie

They were busy making the necessary arrangements to alter the route of the Southampton and Portsmouth Sunday League excursions. A nocturnal newspaper reporter, mistaking my brother for the traffic manager, to whom he bears a slight resemblance, waylaid and tried to interview him. Few people, excepting the railway officials, connected the breakdown with the Martians.

arrangements - des arrangements, arrangement, disposition, composition

alter - modifier, altérent, altérez, altérer, altérons

route - itinéraire, parcours, chemin, acheminement

League - ligue, confédérer

excursions - excursions, excursion, randonnée

nocturnal - nocturne

reporter - reporter, rapporteur, rapporteuse, journaliste

manager - directeur

bears - ours, supporter

resemblance - ressemblance, comparaison, probabilité

waylaid - bloqué, comploter

excepting - a l'exception de, faire une exception

connected - connecté, accoupler, connecter, brancher

I have read, in another account of these events, that on Sunday morning "all London was electrified by the news from Woking." As a matter of fact, there was nothing to justify that very extravagant phrase. Plenty of Londoners did not hear of the Martians until the panic of Monday morning. Those who did took some time to realise all that the hastily worded telegrams in the Sunday papers conveyed.

electrified - électrifié, électrifier, électriser

justify - justifier

plenty - l'abondance, abondance

Londoners - les londoniens, Londonien, Londonienne

hear of - Entendre parler de

Telegrams - télégrammes, télégramme, dépeche

conveyed - transmis, transporter, véhiculer, communiquer

The majority of people in London do not read Sunday papers.

The habit of personal security, moreover, is so deeply fixed in the Londoner's mind, and startling intelligence so much a matter of course in the papers, that they could read without any personal tremors: "About seven o'clock last night the Martians came out of the cylinder, and, moving about under an armour of metallic shields, have completely wrecked Woking station with the adjacent houses, and massacred an entire battalion of the Cardigan Regiment. No details are known. Maxims have been absolutely useless against their armour; the field guns have been disabled by them. Flying hussars have been galloping into Chertsey. The Martians appear to be moving slowly towards Chertsey or Windsor. Great anxiety prevails in West Surrey, and earthworks are being thrown up to check the advance Londonward." That was how the Sunday Sun put it, and a clever and remarkably prompt "handbook" article in the Referee compared the affair to a menagerie suddenly let loose in a village.

habit - habitude, configuration

personal security - la sécurité personnelle

Moreover - de plus, en plus, au surplus, en outre

deeply - profondément

Londoner - Londonien, Londonienne

tremors - des tremblements, tremblement, trépidation, trémulation

shields - boucliers, bouclier

massacred - massacrés, massacre, massacrer

entire - entiere, entier, entiere

battalion - bataillon

useless - inutile, inutilisable, bon a rien

disabled - désactivé, désactiver

appear - apparaître, sembler

prevails - l'emporte, dominer, prévaloir, l'emporter, prédominer

clever - habile, agile, adroit, adroite, talentueux, malin, intelligent

remarkably - remarquablement

prompt - rapide, ponctuel, indicateur, invite de commande, inciter

handbook - manuel

Referee - arbitre, arbitrer

affair - affaire, aventure, liaison

menagerie - ménagerie

No one in London knew positively of the nature of the armoured Martians, and there was still a fixed idea that these monsters must be sluggish: "crawling," "creeping painfully"--such expressions occurred in almost all the earlier reports. None of the telegrams could have been written by an eyewitness of their advance.

positively - positivement

expressions - expressions, expression

eyewitness - témoin oculaire

The Sunday papers printed separate editions as further news came to hand, some even in default of it. But there was practically nothing more to tell people until late in the afternoon, when the authorities gave the press agencies the news in their possession. It was stated that the people of Walton and Weybridge, and all the district were pouring along the roads Londonward, and that was all.

printed - imprimée, imprimer, imprimé, empreinte, estampe

separate - séparés, séparé, séparée, séparer

default - par défaut, défaut, rench: t-needed r

press - presse, pressons, serre, pressent, pressez, serrer

agencies - agences, capacité d'agir, agentivité, agence, action

possession - bien, possession, propriété, possessions

My brother went to church at the foundling hospital in the morning, still in ignorance of what had happened on the previous night. There he heard allusions made to the invasion, and a special prayer for peace. Coming out, he bought a Referee. He became alarmed at the news in this, and went again to Waterloo station to find out if communication were restored.

foundling hospital - l'hôpital des enfants trouvés

allusions - des allusions, allusion

invasion - invasion

prayer - oraison, priere

restored - restaurée, restaurer, rétablir, rendre, restituer

The omnibuses, carriages, cyclists, and innumerable people walking in their best clothes seemed scarcely affected by the strange intelligence that the news venders were disseminating. People were interested, or, if alarmed, alarmed only on account of the local residents. At the station he heard for the first time that the Windsor and Chertsey lines were now interrupted.

omnibuses - omnibus, bus

innumerable - innombrables

disseminating - diffuser, disséminer

residents - résidents, résident, résidente, habitant, habitante

The porters told him that several remarkable telegrams had been received in the morning from Byfleet and Chertsey stations, but that these had abruptly ceased. My brother could get very little precise detail out of them.

porters - les porteurs, porteur/-euse

precise - précis, préciser

"There's fighting going on about Weybridge" was the extent of their information.

extent - mesure, étendue

The train service was now very much disorganised. Quite a number of people who had been expecting friends from places on the South-Western network were standing about the station. One grey-headed old gentleman came and abused the South-Western Company bitterly to my brother. "It wants showing up," he said.

network - tissus, réseau, réseau informatique, réseauter

standing about - debout

gentleman - gentilhomme, monsieur, messieurs

abused - abusé, abuser (de)

One or two trains came in from Richmond, Putney, and Kingston, containing people who had gone out for a day's boating and found the locks closed and a feeling of panic in the air. A man in a blue and white blazer addressed my brother, full of strange tidings.

gone out - sorti

locks - des serrures, serrure

blazer - blazer

"There's hosts of people driving into Kingston in traps and carts and things, with boxes of valuables and all that," he said. "They come from Molesey and Weybridge and Walton, and they say there's been guns heard at Chertsey, heavy firing, and that mounted soldiers have told them to get off at once because the Martians are coming.

Hosts - hôtes, hôte/-esse

driving into - dans lequel vous conduisez

traps - des pieges, piege

We heard guns firing at Hampton Court station, but we thought it was thunder. What the dickens does it all mean? The Martians can't get out of their pit, can they?"

firing at - tirant sur

Court - la cour, cour, tribunal, court de tennis, court, courtiser

My brother could not tell him.

Afterwards he found that the vague feeling of alarm had spread to the clients of the underground railway, and that the Sunday excursionists began to return from all over the South-Western "lung"--Barnes, Wimbledon, Richmond Park, Kew, and so forth--at unnaturally early hours; but not a soul had anything more than vague hearsay to tell of. Everyone connected with the terminus seemed ill-tempered.

alarm - alarme, réveille-matin, réveil, alarmer, donner/sonner l'alerte

clients - clients, client, cliente

underground railway - le métro

lung - poumon

unnaturally - de façon non naturelle

hearsay - oui-dire, oui-dire, on-dit, rumeur

terminus - terminus

tempered - tempéré, caractere, tempérament, humeur, état d'esprit, recuit

About five o'clock the gathering crowd in the station was immensely excited by the opening of the line of communication, which is almost invariably closed, between the South-Eastern and the South-Western stations, and the passage of carriage trucks bearing huge guns and carriages crammed with soldiers. These were the guns that were brought up from Woolwich and Chatham to cover Kingston.

invariably - invariablement

eastern - orientale, oriental

crammed - entassés, bourrer, ficher, foutre, emmancher, fourrer, gaver

There was an exchange of pleasantries: "You'll get eaten!" "We're the beast-tamers!" and so forth. A little while after that a squad of police came into the station and began to clear the public off the platforms, and my brother went out into the street again.

beast - bete, bete, bete sauvage

tamers - dompteurs, dresseur, dresseuse, dompteur

squad - de l'escouade, escouade

platforms - plates-formes, scene, podium, quai, plateforme

The church bells were ringing for evensong, and a squad of Salvation Army lassies came singing down Waterloo Road. On the bridge a number of loafers were watching a curious brown scum that came drifting down the stream in patches.

bells - cloches, cloche

evensong - Evensong

Salvation Army - L'Armée du Salut

scum - racaille, écume, couche, mousse, crasse, ordure

The sun was just setting, and the Clock Tower and the Houses of Parliament rose against one of the most peaceful skies it is possible to imagine, a sky of gold, barred with long transverse stripes of reddish-purple cloud. There was talk of a floating body. One of the men there, a reservist he said he was, told my brother he had seen the heliograph flickering in the west.

Houses of Parliament - Les Chambres du Parlement

most peaceful - le plus paisible

skies - skies, ciel

gold - l'or, or

barred - interdit, barre

floating - flottant, (float), flotter, flotteur, taloche, char

reservist - réserviste

In Wellington Street my brother met a couple of sturdy roughs who had just been rushed out of Fleet Street with still-wet newspapers and staring placards. "Dreadful catastrophe!" they bawled one to the other down Wellington Street. "Fighting at Weybridge! Full description! Repulse of the Martians! London in Danger!" He had to give threepence for a copy of that paper.

roughs - des roughs, rude, rugueux, brut, approximatif, difficile

Fleet - la flotte, flotte

placards - des pancartes, affiche, pancarte

catastrophe - catastrophe

repulse - repousser

threepence - trois pence

copy - copie, exemplaire, copier, imiter, recevoir

Then it was, and then only, that he realised something of the full power and terror of these monsters. He learned that they were not merely a handful of small sluggish creatures, but that they were minds swaying vast mechanical bodies; and that they could move swiftly and smite with such power that even the mightiest guns could not stand against them.

full power - a pleine puissance

merely - simplement, uniquement, seulement

smite - smite, frapper

mightiest - le plus puissant, puissant

stand against - s'opposer

They were described as "vast spiderlike machines, nearly a hundred feet high, capable of the speed of an express train, and able to shoot out a beam of intense heat." Masked batteries, chiefly of field guns, had been planted in the country about Horsell Common, and especially between the Woking district and London.

spiderlike - a la maniere d'une araignée

capable - capable

Speed - la vitesse, galoper, vitesse

shoot - tirer, larguer, tirent, tirons, tirez

Five of the machines had been seen moving towards the Thames, and one, by a happy chance, had been destroyed. In the other cases the shells had missed, and the batteries had been at once annihilated by the Heat-Rays. Heavy losses of soldiers were mentioned, but the tone of the dispatch was optimistic.

cases - cas

annihilated - anéantie, annihiler, anéantir

losses - pertes, perte

mentioned - mentionnée, mentionner

dispatch - l'envoi, dépeche

optimistic - optimiste

The Martians had been repulsed; they were not invulnerable. They had retreated to their triangle of cylinders again, in the circle about Woking. Signallers with heliographs were pushing forward upon them from all sides. Guns were in rapid transit from Windsor, Portsmouth, Aldershot, Woolwich--even from the north; among others, long wire-guns of ninety-five tons from Woolwich.

repulsed - repoussé, repousser

triangle - triangle

Transit - transit, transiter

tons - tonnes, tonne

Altogether one hundred and sixteen were in position or being hastily placed, chiefly covering London. Never before in England had there been such a vast or rapid concentration of military material.

covering - la couverture, bâchant, couvrant, (cover), couvercle

concentration - concentration

Any further cylinders that fell, it was hoped, could be destroyed at once by high explosives, which were being rapidly manufactured and distributed. No doubt, ran the report, the situation was of the strangest and gravest description, but the public was exhorted to avoid and discourage panic.

explosives - des explosifs, explosif

manufactured - fabriqués, production, produit, fabriquer, produire

distributed - distribué, distribuer, répartir

exhorted - exhorté, exhorter

avoid - éviter, fuir

discourage - décourager, dissuader

No doubt the Martians were strange and terrible in the extreme, but at the outside there could not be more than twenty of them against our millions.

The authorities had reason to suppose, from the size of the cylinders, that at the outside there could not be more than five in each cylinder--fifteen altogether. And one at least was disposed of--perhaps more. The public would be fairly warned of the approach of danger, and elaborate measures were being taken for the protection of the people in the threatened southwestern suburbs.

disposed - disposé, débarrasser

fairly - équitable, justement, assez

warned - averti, avertir, alerter, prévenir

elaborate - élaborer, approfondir

measures - mesures, mesure, mesurer

protection - protection

southwestern - sud-ouest, sud-occidental

suburbs - les banlieues, banlieue, faubourg, arrondissement

And so, with reiterated assurances of the safety of London and the ability of the authorities to cope with the difficulty, this quasi-proclamation closed.

reiterated - réitéré, réitérer

assurances - des assurances, assurance, culot

ability - capacité, pouvoir, habileté

proclamation - proclamation

This was printed in enormous type on paper so fresh that it was still wet, and there had been no time to add a word of comment. It was curious, my brother said, to see how ruthlessly the usual contents of the paper had been hacked and taken out to give this place.

comment - commentaire, commentons, commentez, commentent

ruthlessly - sans pitié, impitoyablement, sans foi ni loi, cruellement

Contents - contenu, satisfait

hacked - piraté, tailler, hacher

All down Wellington Street people could be seen fluttering out the pink sheets and reading, and the Strand was suddenly noisy with the voices of an army of hawkers following these pioneers. Men came scrambling off buses to secure copies. Certainly this news excited people intensely, whatever their previous apathy.

fluttering - flottement, faséyer, voleter, voltiger, battement

sheets - feuilles, feuille, plaque, écoute

Strand - strand, cordon

army - l'armée, armée

pioneers - des pionniers, pionnier, pionniere

copies - copies, copie, exemplaire, copier

apathy - l'apathie, apathie

The shutters of a map shop in the Strand were being taken down, my brother said, and a man in his Sunday raiment, lemon-yellow gloves even, was visible inside the window hastily fastening maps of Surrey to the glass.

taken down - enlevé

raiment - vetements

lemon - citron, citronnier, chiotte

gloves - gants, gant

fastening - fermeture, liage, (fasten), attacher, fixer

Going on along the Strand to Trafalgar Square, the paper in his hand, my brother saw some of the fugitives from West Surrey. There was a man with his wife and two boys and some articles of furniture in a cart such as greengrocers use.

Trafalgar - Trafalgar

greengrocers - les marchands de légumes, marchand de fruits et légumes, primeur

He was driving from the direction of Westminster Bridge; and close behind him came a hay waggon with five or six respectable-looking people in it, and some boxes and bundles. The faces of these people were haggard, and their entire appearance contrasted conspicuously with the Sabbath-best appearance of the people on the omnibuses. People in fashionable clothing peeped at them out of cabs.

waggon - wagon

contrasted - contrastées, contraste, contraster

conspicuously - ostensiblement

Sabbath - le sabbat, sabbat, shabbat, chabbat, dimanche, esba

fashionable - a la mode, a la mode, en vogue, fashionable

clothing - vetements, vetements, habits, (cloth), tissu, étoffe, tenue

peeped - épié, regarder qqch a la dérobée

cabs - cabs, taxi

They stopped at the Square as if undecided which way to take, and finally turned eastward along the Strand. Some way behind these came a man in workday clothes, riding one of those old-fashioned tricycles with a small front wheel. He was dirty and white in the face.

undecided - hésitant, checkindécis, checkvelléitaire

workday - jour de travail, jour ouvrable

old-fashioned - (old-fashioned) Démodé

tricycles - tricycles, tricycle

front wheel - roue avant

My brother turned down towards Victoria, and met a number of such people. He had a vague idea that he might see something of me. He noticed an unusual number of police regulating the traffic. Some of the refugees were exchanging news with the people on the omnibuses. One was professing to have seen the Martians. "Boilers on stilts, I tell you, striding along like men.

turned down - refusé

Victoria - victoria, Victoire

regulating - réglementer, régler

refugees - des réfugiés, réfugié, réfugiée

exchanging - échanger, (é)changer

stilts - des échasses, échasse, pilotis, échassier, mancheron

" Most of them were excited and animated by their strange experience.

Beyond Victoria the public-houses were doing a lively trade with these arrivals. At all the street corners groups of people were reading papers, talking excitedly, or staring at these unusual Sunday visitors. They seemed to increase as night drew on, until at last the roads, my brother said, were like Epsom high street on a Derby Day.

lively - fringant, spirituel

trade - le commerce

corners - coins, coin, rencogner, piéger, acculer

increase - augmenter, croître, accroître, augmentation

high street - la rue principale

My brother addressed several of these fugitives and got unsatisfactory answers from most.

unsatisfactory - insatisfaisant

from most - de la plupart

None of them could tell him any news of Woking except one man, who assured him that Woking had been entirely destroyed on the previous night.

assured - assurée, assurerent, assura, assurai

"I come from Byfleet," he said; "man on a bicycle came through the place in the early morning, and ran from door to door warning us to come away. Then came soldiers. We went out to look, and there were clouds of smoke to the south--nothing but smoke, and not a soul coming that way. Then we heard the guns at Chertsey, and folks coming from Weybridge. So I've locked up my house and come on."

At the time there was a strong feeling in the streets that the authorities were to blame for their incapacity to dispose of the invaders without all this inconvenience.

blame - blâme, gronder, blâment, blâmons, blâmez, blâmer

incapacity - l'incapacité, incapacité

dispose of - Se débarrasser de

About eight o'clock a noise of heavy firing was distinctly audible all over the south of London. My brother could not hear it for the traffic in the main thoroughfares, but by striking through the quiet back streets to the river he was able to distinguish it quite plainly.

thoroughfares - les voies de circulation, passage, grand-rue, voie principale

plainly - en toute clarté, simplement, clairement

He walked from Westminster to his apartments near Regent's Park, about two. He was now very anxious on my account, and disturbed at the evident magnitude of the trouble. His mind was inclined to run, even as mine had run on Saturday, on military details. He thought of all those silent, expectant guns, of the suddenly nomadic countryside; he tried to imagine "boilers on stilts" a hundred feet high.

Regent - régent, régente

magnitude - ampleur, grandeur, module, magnitude

nomadic - nomade

countryside - la campagne, campagne

There were one or two cartloads of refugees passing along Oxford Street, and several in the Marylebone Road, but so slowly was the news spreading that Regent Street and Portland Place were full of their usual Sunday-night promenaders, albeit they talked in groups, and along the edge of Regent's Park there were as many silent couples "walking out" together under the scattered gas lamps as ever there had been. The night was warm and still, and a little oppressive; the sound of guns continued intermittently, and after midnight there seemed to be sheet lightning in the south.

passing - en passant, passager, éminent, rapide, extremement

Oxford - oxford

Portland - Portland

in groups - en groupe

couples - couples, couple, paire, époux-p, quelques

oppressive - oppressif

continued - suite, continuer

sheet lightning - éclairs diffus

He read and re-read the paper, fearing the worst had happened to me. He was restless, and after supper prowled out again aimlessly. He returned and tried in vain to divert his attention to his examination notes.

fearing - craindre, peur

prowled - rôdé, rôder

in vain - en vain

divert - détourner, dévier, divertir

He went to bed a little after midnight, and was awakened from lurid dreams in the small hours of Monday by the sound of door knockers, feet running in the street, distant drumming, and a clamour of bells. Red reflections danced on the ceiling. For a moment he lay astonished, wondering whether day had come or the world gone mad. Then he jumped out of bed and ran to the window.

awakened - éveillé, réveiller, se réveiller

the small hours - les petites heures

drumming - le tambour, tambour

clamour - clameur, jacasser

jumped out - a sauté

His room was an attic and as he thrust his head out, up and down the street there were a dozen echoes to the noise of his window sash, and heads in every kind of night disarray appeared. Enquiries were being shouted. "They are coming!" bawled a policeman, hammering at the door; "the Martians are coming!" and hurried to the next door.

attic - grenier, combles, mansarde

thrust - estocade, poussée, propulser

Echoes - les échos, écho

sash - ceinture, écharpe

disarray - le désarroi, désordre, désarroi, zizanie

Enquiries - des questions, enquete, demande de renseignement

The sound of drumming and trumpeting came from the Albany Street Barracks, and every church within earshot was hard at work killing sleep with a vehement disorderly tocsin. There was a noise of doors opening, and window after window in the houses opposite flashed from darkness into yellow illumination.

trumpeting - la trompette, (trumpet), trompette, trompettiste, barrissement

earshot - a portée de voix, portée de voix

disorderly - désordonné

illumination - l'éclairage, illumination, enluminure

Up the street came galloping a closed carriage, bursting abruptly into noise at the corner, rising to a clattering climax under the window, and dying away slowly in the distance.

bursting - l'éclatement, éclater, faire éclater, rompre, briser

climax - l'apogée, climax, apogée, paroxysme, jouissance, orgasme

dying away - en train de mourir

Close on the rear of this came a couple of cabs, the forerunners of a long procession of flying vehicles, going for the most part to Chalk Farm station, where the North-Western special trains were loading up, instead of coming down the gradient into Euston.

forerunners - les précurseurs, rench: prédécesseur avant coureur

procession - procession, cortege, kyrielle

chalk - craie, magnésie

loading up - Charger

gradient - pente, gradient, dégradé

For a long time my brother stared out of the window in blank astonishment, watching the policemen hammering at door after door, and delivering their incomprehensible message. Then the door behind him opened, and the man who lodged across the landing came in, dressed only in shirt, trousers, and slippers, his braces loose about his waist, his hair disordered from his pillow.

delivering - livrant, accoucher, livrer, remettre

incomprehensible - incompréhensible

lodged - déposé, cabane, maison du portier, loge, rench: -neededr, loger

slippers - des pantoufles, chausson, pantoufle

braces - les appareils dentaires, toise, fiche, doublé, retenir

pillow - oreiller, tetiere

"What the devil is it?" he asked. "A fire? What a devil of a row!"

devil - Diable, Satan, type

They both craned their heads out of the window, straining to hear what the policemen were shouting. People were coming out of the side streets, and standing in groups at the corners talking.

craned - grue

straining - la tension, (strain) la tension

side streets - des rues secondaires

"What the devil is it all about?" said my brother's fellow lodger.

lodger - locataire, sows locataire

My brother answered him vaguely and began to dress, running with each garment to the window in order to miss nothing of the growing excitement. And presently men selling unnaturally early newspapers came bawling into the street:

bawling - brailler, (bawl), hurler

"London in danger of suffocation! The Kingston and Richmond defences forced! Fearful massacres in the Thames Valley!"

suffocation - l'asphyxie, suffocation

defences - défenses, défense

forced - forcée, force

fearful - effrayant, redoutable, peureux, craintif, terrible, affreux

massacres - massacres, massacre, massacrer

And all about him--in the rooms below, in the houses on each side and across the road, and behind in the Park Terraces and in the hundred other streets of that part of Marylebone, and the Westbourne Park district and St. Pancras, and westward and northward in Kilburn and St.

Terraces - les terrasses, toit-terrasse, terrasse, gradins-p

John's Wood and Hampstead, and eastward in Shoreditch and Highbury and Haggerston and Hoxton, and, indeed, through all the vastness of London from Ealing to East Ham--people were rubbing their eyes, and opening windows to stare out and ask aimless questions, dressing hastily as the first breath of the coming storm of Fear blew through the streets. It was the dawn of the great panic.

vastness - l'immensité, immensité

Ealing - Ealing

Ham - le jambon, jambon

rubbing - le frottement, frottage, froissement, lessivage

blew - soufflé, coup

London, which had gone to bed on Sunday night oblivious and inert, was awakened, in the small hours of Monday morning, to a vivid sense of danger.

oblivious - inconscient

Unable from his window to learn what was happening, my brother went down and out into the street, just as the sky between the parapets of the houses grew pink with the early dawn. The flying people on foot and in vehicles grew more numerous every moment. "Black Smoke!" he heard people crying, and again "Black Smoke!" The contagion of such a unanimous fear was inevitable.

parapets - les parapets, parapet

more numerous - plus nombreux

unanimous - a l'unanimité

As my brother hesitated on the door-step, he saw another news vender approaching, and got a paper forthwith. The man was running away with the rest, and selling his papers for a shilling each as he ran--a grotesque mingling of profit and panic.

vender - vender

running away - en train de s'enfuir

shilling - shilling, (shill), homme de paille, prete-nom

profit - profit, gain, bénéfice, servir, profiter

And from this paper my brother read that catastrophic dispatch of the Commander-in-Chief:

catastrophic - catastrophique

commander - commandant, commandante, commandeur

chief - chef

"The Martians are able to discharge enormous clouds of a black and poisonous vapour by means of rockets. They have smothered our batteries, destroyed Richmond, Kingston, and Wimbledon, and are advancing slowly towards London, destroying everything on the way. It is impossible to stop them. There is no safety from the Black Smoke but in instant flight."

discharge - décharge, licenciement, débit

poisonous - toxiques

rockets - des fusées, fusée, roquette

smothered - étouffé, étouffer

That was all, but it was enough. The whole population of the great six-million city was stirring, slipping, running; presently it would be pouring en masse northward.

population - population

slipping - glissement, glisser

en - en

masse - Masse, Massé

"Black Smoke!" the voices cried. "Fire!"

The bells of the neighbouring church made a jangling tumult, a cart carelessly driven smashed, amid shrieks and curses, against the water trough up the street. Sickly yellow lights went to and fro in the houses, and some of the passing cabs flaunted unextinguished lamps. And overhead the dawn was growing brighter, clear and steady and calm.

carelessly - négligemment

curses - des malédictions, maudire

trough - l'auge, auge (for food), abreuvoir (for drinking), gouttiere

sickly - malade, maladif, souffreteux, chétif, valétudinaire, douçâtre

flaunted - affichée, faire étalage de, étaler

unextinguished - inextinguible

He heard footsteps running to and fro in the rooms, and up and down stairs behind him. His landlady came to the door, loosely wrapped in dressing gown and shawl; her husband followed ejaculating.

Footsteps - des pas, empreinte, trace de pas, pas, bruit de pas, marche

stairs - escaliers, marche, escalier, volée

landlady - propriétaire

loosely - en toute liberté, sans serrer

wrapped - enveloppé, enrouler (autour de)

dressing gown - robe de chambre

shawl - châle

ejaculating - éjaculer, éjaculat

As my brother began to realise the import of all these things, he turned hastily to his own room, put all his available money--some ten pounds altogether--into his pockets, and went out again into the streets.

import - l'importation, implanter, importons, importent, importez

pockets - poches, poche, empocher, de poche


It was while the curate had sat and talked so wildly to me under the hedge in the flat meadows near Halliford, and while my brother was watching the fugitives stream over Westminster Bridge, that the Martians had resumed the offensive.

offensive - offensant, offensif, offensive

So far as one can ascertain from the conflicting accounts that have been put forth, the majority of them remained busied with preparations in the Horsell pit until nine that night, hurrying on some operation that disengaged huge volumes of green smoke.

conflicting - contradictoires, conflit, incompatibilité

accounts - comptes, compte

operation - l'opération, opération, fonctionnement, exploitation, gestion

disengaged - désengagé, désengager

volumes - volumes, volume, tome

But three certainly came out about eight o'clock and, advancing slowly and cautiously, made their way through Byfleet and Pyrford towards Ripley and Weybridge, and so came in sight of the expectant batteries against the setting sun. These Martians did not advance in a body, but in a line, each perhaps a mile and a half from his nearest fellow.

setting sun - le soleil couchant

They communicated with one another by means of sirenlike howls, running up and down the scale from one note to another.

communicated - communiquée, communiquer, communier

sirenlike - a la maniere d'une sirene

howls - hurle, hurlement, hurler

It was this howling and firing of the guns at Ripley and St. George's Hill that we had heard at Upper Halliford.

howling - hurler, (howl), hurlement

George - george, Georges, Jorioz

The Ripley gunners, unseasoned artillery volunteers who ought never to have been placed in such a position, fired one wild, premature, ineffectual volley, and bolted on horse and foot through the deserted village, while the Martian, without using his Heat-Ray, walked serenely over their guns, stepped gingerly among them, passed in front of them, and so came unexpectedly upon the guns in Painshill Park, which he destroyed.

unseasoned - non assaisonné

volunteers - volontaires, volontaire, bénévole

premature - prématurée, prématuré

ineffectual - inefficace

volley - volée, salve

serenely - sereinement

The St. George's Hill men, however, were better led or of a better mettle. Hidden by a pine wood as they were, they seem to have been quite unsuspected by the Martian nearest to them. They laid their guns as deliberately as if they had been on parade, and fired at about a thousand yards'range.

led - dirigé, DEL, LED, (lead) dirigé

mettle - courage, prouesse

deliberately - délibérément

The shells flashed all round him, and he was seen to advance a few paces, stagger, and go down. Everybody yelled together, and the guns were reloaded in frantic haste. The overthrown Martian set up a prolonged ululation, and immediately a second glittering giant, answering him, appeared over the trees to the south. It would seem that a leg of the tripod had been smashed by one of the shells.

paces - des allures, pas

stagger - tituber, (stag), cerf, bouf

yelled - hurlé, hurlement

reloaded - rechargé, recharger, rafraîchir

overthrown - renversé, renverser

prolonged - prolongée, prolonger

ululation - ululation

The whole of the second volley flew wide of the Martian on the ground, and, simultaneously, both his companions brought their Heat-Rays to bear on the battery. The ammunition blew up, the pine trees all about the guns flashed into fire, and only one or two of the men who were already running over the crest of the hill escaped.

Companions - compagnons, compagnon, compagne

running over - en cours d'exécution

After this it would seem that the three took counsel together and halted, and the scouts who were watching them report that they remained absolutely stationary for the next half hour. The Martian who had been overthrown crawled tediously out of his hood, a small brown figure, oddly suggestive from that distance of a speck of blight, and apparently engaged in the repair of his support.

counsel - conseil, expertise, plan, projet, conseiller

stationary - stationnaire

oddly - bizarrement, étrangement

suggestive - suggestif

speck - tache, petite tache

blight - le mildiou, fléau, rouille, cloque, abîmer, abîmé

repair - réparation, dépannage, réparent, rhabiller, dépanner, réparer

About nine he had finished, for his cowl was then seen above the trees again.

cowl - la cagoule, froc

It was a few minutes past nine that night when these three sentinels were joined by four other Martians, each carrying a thick black tube. A similar tube was handed to each of the three, and the seven proceeded to distribute themselves at equal distances along a curved line between St. George's Hill, Weybridge, and the village of Send, southwest of Ripley.

sentinels - des sentinelles, factionnaire, sentinelle, regarder

tube - tuyau, tube, canette (de biere)

distribute - distribuer, répartir

curved line - ligne courbée

southwest - sud-ouest

A dozen rockets sprang out of the hills before them so soon as they began to move, and warned the waiting batteries about Ditton and Esher.

At the same time four of their fighting machines, similarly armed with tubes, crossed the river, and two of them, black against the western sky, came into sight of myself and the curate as we hurried wearily and painfully along the road that runs northward out of Halliford. They moved, as it seemed to us, upon a cloud, for a milky mist covered the fields and rose to a third of their height.

similarly - de la meme maniere

tubes - tubes, tuyau, tube, canette (de biere)

crossed - croisé, croix, signe de croix

wearily - avec lassitude

Milky - lacté, laiteux

fields - champs, champ, t+campo, terrain, corps

At this sight the curate cried faintly in his throat, and began running; but I knew it was no good running from a Martian, and I turned aside and crawled through dewy nettles and brambles into the broad ditch by the side of the road. He looked back, saw what I was doing, and turned to join me.

nettles - des orties, ortie, piquer, irriter, vexer

The two halted, the nearer to us standing and facing Sunbury, the remoter being a grey indistinctness towards the evening star, away towards Staines.

indistinctness - l'indistinction

evening star - étoile du soir

The occasional howling of the Martians had ceased; they took up their positions in the huge crescent about their cylinders in absolute silence. It was a crescent with twelve miles between its horns. Never since the devising of gunpowder was the beginning of a battle so still.

occasional - occasionnel

positions - positions, position, poste

devising - la conception, concevoir, élaborer

gunpowder - la poudre a canon

To us and to an observer about Ripley it would have had precisely the same effect--the Martians seemed in solitary possession of the darkling night, lit only as it was by the slender moon, the stars, the afterglow of the daylight, and the ruddy glare from St. George's Hill and the woods of Painshill.

observer - observateur

precisely - précisément

solitary - solitaire, seul, un a un

darkling - darkling, (darkle) darkling

slender - svelte, mince

But facing that crescent everywhere--at Staines, Hounslow, Ditton, Esher, Ockham, behind hills and woods south of the river, and across the flat grass meadows to the north of it, wherever a cluster of trees or village houses gave sufficient cover--the guns were waiting.

wherever - ou

sufficient - suffisante, suffisant

The signal rockets burst and rained their sparks through the night and vanished, and the spirit of all those watching batteries rose to a tense expectation. The Martians had but to advance into the line of fire, and instantly those motionless black forms of men, those guns glittering so darkly in the early night, would explode into a thunderous fury of battle.

tense - tendu

explode - exploser, détoner, sauter

thunderous - tonitruant

No doubt the thought that was uppermost in a thousand of those vigilant minds, even as it was uppermost in mine, was the riddle--how much they understood of us. Did they grasp that we in our millions were organized, disciplined, working together?

uppermost - le plus haut

vigilant - vigilant

riddle - énigme

grasp - saisir, agripper, comprendre

organized - organisée, organiser

disciplined - discipliné, discipline, pénalité

Or did they interpret our spurts of fire, the sudden stinging of our shells, our steady investment of their encampment, as we should the furious unanimity of onslaught in a disturbed hive of bees? Did they dream they might exterminate us? (At that time no one knew what food they needed.) A hundred such questions struggled together in my mind as I watched that vast sentinel shape.

spurts - des poussées, jaillir

stinging - des piqures, (sting) des piqures

investment - l'investissement, investissement

onslaught - l'assaut, assaut, offensive

bees - abeilles, abeille

exterminate - exterminer, checkanéantir

And in the back of my mind was the sense of all the huge unknown and hidden forces Londonward. Had they prepared pitfalls? Were the powder mills at Hounslow ready as a snare? Would the Londoners have the heart and courage to make a greater Moscow of their mighty province of houses?

forces - forces, force

pitfalls - les pieges, écueil, piege, trappe, chausse-trape

powder - poudre, réduire en poudre, pulvériser, poudrer

mills - moulins, moulin

snare - collet, piege, caisse claire

Moscow - moscou

province - province

Then, after an interminable time, as it seemed to us, crouching and peering through the hedge, came a sound like the distant concussion of a gun. Another nearer, and then another. And then the Martian beside us raised his tube on high and discharged it, gunwise, with a heavy report that made the ground heave. The one towards Staines answered him.

interminable - interminable

discharged - déchargée, licenciement, débit

gunwise - des armes a feu

heave - soulevement, hisser

There was no flash, no smoke, simply that loaded detonation.

I was so excited by these heavy minute-guns following one another that I so far forgot my personal safety and my scalded hands as to clamber up into the hedge and stare towards Sunbury. As I did so a second report followed, and a big projectile hurtled overhead towards Hounslow. I expected at least to see smoke or fire, or some such evidence of its work.

clamber - clamber, grimper

hurtled - précipité, élancer

But all I saw was the deep blue sky above, with one solitary star, and the white mist spreading wide and low beneath. And there had been no crash, no answering explosion. The silence was restored; the minute lengthened to three.

lengthened - allongé, rallonger

"What has happened?" said the curate, standing up beside me.

"Heaven knows!" said I.

A bat flickered by and vanished. A distant tumult of shouting began and ceased. I looked again at the Martian, and saw he was now moving eastward along the riverbank, with a swift, rolling motion.

bat - chauve-souris, chauve-souris

Every moment I expected the fire of some hidden battery to spring upon him; but the evening calm was unbroken. The figure of the Martian grew smaller as he receded, and presently the mist and the gathering night had swallowed him up. By a common impulse we clambered higher.

receded - a reculé, reculer

Towards Sunbury was a dark appearance, as though a conical hill had suddenly come into being there, hiding our view of the farther country; and then, remoter across the river, over Walton, we saw another such summit. These hill-like forms grew lower and broader even as we stared.

conical - conique

summit - sommet, apogée

broader - plus large, large

Moved by a sudden thought, I looked northward, and there I perceived a third of these cloudy black kopjes had risen.

Everything had suddenly become very still. Far away to the southeast, marking the quiet, we heard the Martians hooting to one another, and then the air quivered again with the distant thud of their guns. But the earthly artillery made no reply.

southeast - sud-est

marking - le marquage, marquant, repere, (mark), Marc

hooting - hululer, huées-p, hululement, ululement, huer, ululer

Now at the time we could not understand these things, but later I was to learn the meaning of these ominous kopjes that gathered in the twilight. Each of the Martians, standing in the great crescent I have described, had discharged, by means of the gunlike tube he carried, a huge canister over whatever hill, copse, cluster of houses, or other possible cover for guns, chanced to be in front of him.

ominous - de mauvais augure

gunlike - comme une arme a feu

Some fired only one of these, some two--as in the case of the one we had seen; the one at Ripley is said to have discharged no fewer than five at that time.

These canisters smashed on striking the ground--they did not explode--and incontinently disengaged an enormous volume of heavy, inky vapour, coiling and pouring upward in a huge and ebony cumulus cloud, a gaseous hill that sank and spread itself slowly over the surrounding country. And the touch of that vapour, the inhaling of its pungent wisps, was death to all that breathes.

coiling - enroulement, enrouler

upward - a la hausse

ebony - ébene, ébene, bois d'ébene, ébénier

gaseous - gazeux

inhaling - l'inhalation, inspirer, aspirer, inhaler, ingurgiter

pungent - âcre, pointu, piquant

breathes - respire, respirer, inspirer, expirer

It was heavy, this vapour, heavier than the densest smoke, so that, after the first tumultuous uprush and outflow of its impact, it sank down through the air and poured over the ground in a manner rather liquid than gaseous, abandoning the hills, and streaming into the valleys and ditches and watercourses even as I have heard the carbonic-acid gas that pours from volcanic clefts is wont to do.

heavier - plus lourd, lourd

densest - le plus dense, dense, obscur, bouché

uprush - la montée en puissance

outflow - le flux de sortie, sortie

poured - versé, verser, se déverser

manner - maniere, maniere, façon, mode

liquid - liquide

Abandoning - abandon, abandonner

valleys - vallées, vallée, val

watercourses - cours d'eau, cours

carbonic-acid - (carbonic-acid) l'acide carbonique

pours - versés, verser, se déverser

clefts - fentes, fissure

wont - de la volonté

And where it came upon water some chemical action occurred, and the surface would be instantly covered with a powdery scum that sank slowly and made way for more. The scum was absolutely insoluble, and it is a strange thing, seeing the instant effect of the gas, that one could drink without hurt the water from which it had been strained. The vapour did not diffuse as a true gas would do.

chemical - chimique, produit chimique

powdery - poudreux

strained - tendu, tendre fortement

diffuse - diffuse, répandre, répandez, répandent, répandons, répands

It hung together in banks, flowing sluggishly down the slope of the land and driving reluctantly before the wind, and very slowly it combined with the mist and moisture of the air, and sank to the earth in the form of dust. Save that an unknown element giving a group of four lines in the blue of the spectrum is concerned, we are still entirely ignorant of the nature of this substance.

flowing - en cours d'exécution, couler

sluggishly - paresseusement

reluctantly - a contrecour

combined - combinés, combiner

moisture - l'humidité, humidité

an unknown - un inconnu

element - élément, membre, point

spectrum - spectre

concerned - préoccupé, inquiétude, souci, soin, préoccupation

ignorant - ignorant

substance - substance, fond, biens

Once the tumultuous upheaval of its dispersion was over, the black smoke clung so closely to the ground, even before its precipitation, that fifty feet up in the air, on the roofs and upper stories of high houses and on great trees, there was a chance of escaping its poison altogether, as was proved even that night at Street Cobham and Ditton.

upheaval - des bouleversements, soulevement, surrection, bouleversement

dispersion - dispersion

clung - s'est accroché, s'accrocher (a)

precipitation - des précipitations, précipitation

poison - poison, empoisonner

The man who escaped at the former place tells a wonderful story of the strangeness of its coiling flow, and how he looked down from the church spire and saw the houses of the village rising like ghosts out of its inky nothingness.

flow - flux, coulons, couler, coulez, courant, écoulement

ghosts - fantômes, fantôme, t+spectre, t+esprit, t+revenant

nothingness - le néant, néant, vide

For a day and a half he remained there, weary, starving and sun-scorched, the earth under the blue sky and against the prospect of the distant hills a velvet-black expanse, with red roofs, green trees, and, later, black-veiled shrubs and gates, barns, outhouses, and walls, rising here and there into the sunlight.

Starving - affamés, affamant, (starve), mourir de faim, crever de faim

prospect - prospect, perspective, prospecter

velvet - du velours, velours, duvet (on skin), velours (on antlers)

veiled - voilée, voile, voiler

barns - granges, grange

But that was at Street Cobham, where the black vapour was allowed to remain until it sank of its own accord into the ground. As a rule the Martians, when it had served its purpose, cleared the air of it again by wading into it and directing a jet of steam upon it.

accord - accord, entente, accorder

purpose - objectif, dgssein, dessein, finalité, but

cleared - autorisé, clair, transparent, libre, dégagé

This they did with the vapour banks near us, as we saw in the starlight from the window of a deserted house at Upper Halliford, whither we had returned. From there we could see the searchlights on Richmond Hill and Kingston Hill going to and fro, and about eleven the windows rattled, and we heard the sound of the huge siege guns that had been put in position there.

whither - ou

searchlights - des projecteurs, projecteur, faisceau

rattled - secouée, (faire) cliqueter

siege - siege, siege

These continued intermittently for the space of a quarter of an hour, sending chance shots at the invisible Martians at Hampton and Ditton, and then the pale beams of the electric light vanished, and were replaced by a bright red glow.

the pale - la pâleur

Then the fourth cylinder fell--a brilliant green meteor--as I learned afterwards, in Bushey Park. Before the guns on the Richmond and Kingston line of hills began, there was a fitful cannonade far away in the southwest, due, I believe, to guns being fired haphazard before the black vapour could overwhelm the gunners.

brilliant - brillante, brillant, perle

meteor - météorite, météore

fitful - irréguliere, irrégulier, sporadique

cannonade - canonnade

haphazard - hasardeux, désordonné, aléatoire

overwhelm - l'écrasement, abreuver, accabler, envahir

So, setting about it as methodically as men might smoke out a wasps'nest, the Martians spread this strange stifling vapour over the Londonward country. The horns of the crescent slowly moved apart, until at last they formed a line from Hanwell to Coombe and Malden. All night through their destructive tubes advanced. never once, after the Martian at St.

setting about - Réglage a propos

methodically - méthodiquement

wasps - des guepes, guepe

stifling - étouffant, (stifle)

apart - a part, séparé, séparément, a part, en morceaux, en pieces

Coombe - coombe

never once - Pas une seul fois

George's Hill was brought down, did they give the artillery the ghost of a chance against them. Wherever there was a possibility of guns being laid for them unseen, a fresh canister of the black vapour was discharged, and where the guns were openly displayed the Heat-Ray was brought to bear.

brought down - abattu

the ghost of a chance - L'ombre dune chance

possibility - possibilité

openly - ouvertement

displayed - affichée, représentation, spectacle, moniteur, écran

By midnight the blazing trees along the slopes of Richmond Park and the glare of Kingston Hill threw their light upon a network of black smoke, blotting out the whole valley of the Thames and extending as far as the eye could reach. And through this two Martians slowly waded, and turned their hissing steam jets this way and that.

blazing - flamboyant, feu, embrasement

blotting out - Effacer

extending - s'étendant, étendre, prolonger

waded - pataugé, patauger (dans)

They were sparing of the Heat-Ray that night, either because they had but a limited supply of material for its production or because they did not wish to destroy the country but only to crush and overawe the opposition they had aroused. In the latter aim they certainly succeeded. Sunday night was the end of the organised opposition to their movements.

sparing - épargnant, se passer de

limited - limitée, limité, (limit) limitée

supply - l'approvisionnement, livraison, fournir, pourvoir, provision

production - production

wish - souhait, souhaiter, espérer

crush - le coup de foudre, barricade, béguin, amourette, faible

overawe - terrifier

aim - objectif, visez, dgssein, mire, visons, but, peiner, visent

After that no body of men would stand against them, so hopeless was the enterprise. Even the crews of the torpedo-boats and destroyers that had brought their quick-firers up the Thames refused to stop, mutinied, and went down again. The only offensive operation men ventured upon after that night was the preparation of mines and pitfalls, and even in that their energies were frantic and spasmodic.

crews - équipages, équipage

torpedo - torpille, torpiller

destroyers - destructeurs, destructeur, destructrice, destroyer

refused - refusé, refuser de

mutinied - mutiné, révolte, mutinerie

mines - mines, mien/-ienne, les miens/-iennes

energies - énergies, énergie, courage

spasmodic - spasmodique

One has to imagine, as well as one may, the fate of those batteries towards Esher, waiting so tensely in the twilight. Survivors there were none.

tensely - de maniere tendue

One may picture the orderly expectation, the officers alert and watchful, the gunners ready, the ammunition piled to hand, the limber gunners with their horses and waggons, the groups of civilian spectators standing as near as they were permitted, the evening stillness, the ambulances and hospital tents with the burned and wounded from Weybridge; then the dull resonance of the shots the Martians fired, and the clumsy projectile whirling over the trees and houses and smashing amid the neighbouring fields.

orderly - ordonné, planton

alert - alerte, alarme, vif

watchful - attentif, vigilant

civilian - civil, civile

ambulances - les ambulances, ambulance

tents - tentes, tente

One may picture, too, the sudden shifting of the attention, the swiftly spreading coils and bellyings of that blackness advancing headlong, towering heavenward, turning the twilight to a palpable darkness, a strange and horrible antagonist of vapour striding upon its victims, men and horses near it seen dimly, running, shrieking, falling headlong, shouts of dismay, the guns suddenly abandoned, men choking and writhing on the ground, and the swift broadening-out of the opaque cone of smoke. And then night and extinction--nothing but a silent mass of impenetrable vapour hiding its dead.

shifting - le changement de vitesse, mutation, (shift), quart, équipe

Coils - bobines, enrouler

palpable - palpable

horrible - horrible, affreux, épouvantable

antagonist - antagoniste

victims - victimes, victime

shrieking - des cris, (shriek), hurlement, crier

choking - l'étouffement, suffoquer, étouffer

broadening - l'élargissement, élargir

opaque - opaque

cone - surface conique, cône, pomme de pin, pive

extinction - l'extinction, extinction

impenetrable - impénétrable

Before dawn the black vapour was pouring through the streets of Richmond, and the disintegrating organism of government was, with a last expiring effort, rousing the population of London to the necessity of flight.

disintegrating - se désintégrer, désintégrer

organism - organisme

Government - le gouvernement, gouvernement, rection

expiring - qui expire, expirer


Exodus - exodus, Exode

So you understand the roaring wave of fear that swept through the greatest city in the world just as Monday was dawning--the stream of flight rising swiftly to a torrent, lashing in a foaming tumult round the railway stations, banked up into a horrible struggle about the shipping in the Thames, and hurrying by every available channel northward and eastward.

lashing - amarrant, (lash) amarrant

foaming - la mousse, spumeux, mousseux, moussant, (foam), écume, mousse

Shipping - l'expédition, (ship) l'expédition

Channel - canal, tube, tuyau

By ten o'clock the police organisation, and by midday even the railway organisations, were losing coherency, losing shape and efficiency, guttering, softening, running at last in that swift liquefaction of the social body.

organisation - l'organisation

coherency - cohérence

efficiency - l'efficacité, efficacité, rendement

guttering - la gouttiere, (gutter) la gouttiere

softening - l'adoucissement, adoucissant, amollissant

liquefaction - liquéfaction

social - sociale, social

All the railway lines north of the Thames and the South-Eastern people at Cannon Street had been warned by midnight on Sunday, and trains were being filled. People were fighting savagely for standing-room in the carriages even at two o'clock.

cannon - canon

savagely - sauvagement

standing-room - (standing-room) Une place debout

By three, people were being trampled and crushed even in Bishopsgate Street, a couple of hundred yards or more from Liverpool Street station; revolvers were fired, people stabbed, and the policemen who had been sent to direct the traffic, exhausted and infuriated, were breaking the heads of the people they were called out to protect.

Liverpool - liverpool

revolvers - revolvers, revolver

stabbed - poignardé, poignarder

Direct - direct, mettre en scene, ordonner

infuriated - exaspéré, enrager

And as the day advanced and the engine drivers and stokers refused to return to London, the pressure of the flight drove the people in an ever-thickening multitude away from the stations and along the northward-running roads.

stokers - les soutiers, chauffeur

thickening - épaississement, épaississant, (thicken), épaissir, lier

By midday a Martian had been seen at Barnes, and a cloud of slowly sinking black vapour drove along the Thames and across the flats of Lambeth, cutting off all escape over the bridges in its sluggish advance. Another bank drove over Ealing, and surrounded a little island of survivors on Castle Hill, alive, but unable to escape.

sinking - en train de couler, naufrage, (sink), couler, s'enfoncer

cutting off - couper

castle - château, château-fort, roquer

After a fruitless struggle to get aboard a North-Western train at Chalk Farm--the engines of the trains that had loaded in the goods yard there ploughed through shrieking people, and a dozen stalwart men fought to keep the crowd from crushing the driver against his furnace--my brother emerged upon the Chalk Farm road, dodged across through a hurrying swarm of vehicles, and had the luck to be foremost in the sack of a cycle shop. The front tire of the machine he got was punctured in dragging it through the window, but he got up and off, notwithstanding, with no further injury than a cut wrist. The steep foot of Haverstock Hill was impassable owing to several overturned horses, and my brother struck into Belsize Road.

fruitless - infructueux, abortif, abortive, vain

aboard - a bord, a bord, a bord de

ploughed through - Labourer

stalwart - robuste, courageux, vaillant, pilier

fought - combattu, (se) battre

crushing - l'écrasement, barricade, béguin, amourette, faible

furnace - four, haut fourneau, chaudiere

dodged - esquivé, éviter, contourner, esquiver, éluder

cycle - tour, cycle, faire du vélo, rench: passer par un cycle

tire - fatiguer, pneu, pneumatique

punctured - crevé, piqure, perforation, perforer

dragging - traînant, tirer, entraîner

notwithstanding - nonobstant

injury - blessure

wrist - poignet

steep - raide

owing to - en raison de

So he got out of the fury of the panic, and, skirting the Edgware Road, reached Edgware about seven, fasting and wearied, but well ahead of the crowd. Along the road people were standing in the roadway, curious, wondering. He was passed by a number of cyclists, some horsemen, and two motor cars. A mile from Edgware the rim of the wheel broke, and the machine became unridable.

wearied - fatigué, las, lasser

roadway - la chaussée, chaussée

horsemen - cavaliers, cavalier

motor - moteur

unridable - irrécupérable

He left it by the roadside and trudged through the village. There were shops half opened in the main street of the place, and people crowded on the pavement and in the doorways and windows, staring astonished at this extraordinary procession of fugitives that was beginning. He succeeded in getting some food at an inn.

trudged - trudged, marcher, crapahuter

pavement - revetement, chaussée, pavement

doorways - les portes, embrasure de la porte

For a time he remained in Edgware not knowing what next to do. The flying people increased in number. Many of them, like my brother, seemed inclined to loiter in the place. There was no fresh news of the invaders from Mars.

loiter - flâner, traîner

At that time the road was crowded, but as yet far from congested. Most of the fugitives at that hour were mounted on cycles, but there were soon motor cars, hansom cabs, and carriages hurrying along, and the dust hung in heavy clouds along the road to St. Albans.

cycles - cycles, tour, cycle, faire du vélo

Hansom - le fiacre

It was perhaps a vague idea of making his way to Chelmsford, where some friends of his lived, that at last induced my brother to strike into a quiet lane running eastward. Presently he came upon a stile, and, crossing it, followed a footpath northeastward. He passed near several farmhouses and some little places whose names he did not learn.

induced - induite, induire

stile - stile, échalier

Crossing - carrefour, croisement, traversée, (cross), croix

He saw few fugitives until, in a grass lane towards High Barnet, he happened upon two ladies who became his fellow travellers. He came upon them just in time to save them.

travellers - voyageurs, voyageur, voyageuse

He heard their screams, and, hurrying round the corner, saw a couple of men struggling to drag them out of the little pony-chaise in which they had been driving, while a third with difficulty held the frightened pony's head.

screams - des cris, cri, crier

round the corner - au coin de la rue

drag - draguer, transbahuter, traîner

pony - poney

held - détenus, (main)tenir

One of the ladies, a short woman dressed in white, was simply screaming; the other, a dark, slender figure, slashed at the man who gripped her arm with a whip she held in her disengaged hand.

My brother immediately grasped the situation, shouted, and hurried towards the struggle. One of the men desisted and turned towards him, and my brother, realising from his antagonist's face that a fight was unavoidable, and being an expert boxer, went into him forthwith and sent him down against the wheel of the chaise.

grasped - saisi, saisir, agripper, comprendre

unavoidable - inévitable

boxer - boxeur, boxer

It was no time for pugilistic chivalry and my brother laid him quiet with a kick, and gripped the collar of the man who pulled at the slender lady's arm. He heard the clatter of hoofs, the whip stung across his face, a third antagonist struck him between the eyes, and the man he held wrenched himself free and made off down the lane in the direction from which he had come.

pugilistic - pugilistique

chivalry - chevalerie, galanterie

kick - coup de pied, bottons, bottent, escabeau, bottez, botter

pulled - tiré, tirer, retirer, tirer un coup, influence

lady - dame, madame, lady

stung - piqué, piquant, dard

Partly stunned, he found himself facing the man who had held the horse's head, and became aware of the chaise receding from him down the lane, swaying from side to side, and with the women in it looking back. The man before him, a burly rough, tried to close, and he stopped him with a blow in the face.

partly - en partie

stunned - stupéfait, étourdir, étonner, époustoufler

burly - costaud, robuste

rough - rude, rugueux, brut, approximatif, difficile, brutal, ébaucher

Then, realising that he was deserted, he dodged round and made off down the lane after the chaise, with the sturdy man close behind him, and the fugitive, who had turned now, following remotely.

remotely - a distance

Suddenly he stumbled and fell; his immediate pursuer went headlong, and he rose to his feet to find himself with a couple of antagonists again. He would have had little chance against them had not the slender lady very pluckily pulled up and returned to his help. It seems she had had a revolver all this time, but it had been under the seat when she and her companion were attacked.

pursuer - poursuivant

revolver - revolver

attacked - attaqué, attaque, attaquer, apostropher

She fired at six yards'distance, narrowly missing my brother. The less courageous of the robbers made off, and his companion followed him, cursing his cowardice. They both stopped in sight down the lane, where the third man lay insensible.

robbers - des voleurs, brigand, bandit

cursing - maudissant, (curs) maudissant

cowardice - lâcheté, couardise

"Take this!" said the slender lady, and she gave my brother her revolver.

"Go back to the chaise," said my brother, wiping the blood from his split lip.

wiping - essuyant, (wipe) essuyant

split - divisé, fissure, division, fragment, morceau, grand écart

lip - levre, levre

She turned without a word--they were both panting--and they went back to where the lady in white struggled to hold back the frightened pony.

hold back - se retenir

The robbers had evidently had enough of it. When my brother looked again they were retreating.

retreating - se retirer, battre en retraite

"I'll sit here," said my brother, "if I may"; and he got upon the empty front seat. The lady looked over her shoulder.

front seat - siege avant

"Give me the reins," she said, and laid the whip along the pony's side. In another moment a bend in the road hid the three men from my brother's eyes.

So, quite unexpectedly, my brother found himself, panting, with a cut mouth, a bruised jaw, and bloodstained knuckles, driving along an unknown lane with these two women.

jaw - mâchoire

bloodstained - taché de sang

knuckles - poings américains, articulation du doigt, articulation

He learned they were the wife and the younger sister of a surgeon living at Stanmore, who had come in the small hours from a dangerous case at Pinner, and heard at some railway station on his way of the Martian advance.

surgeon - chirurgien, chirurgienne

Pinner - pinner

He had hurried home, roused the women--their servant had left them two days before--packed some provisions, put his revolver under the seat--luckily for my brother--and told them to drive on to Edgware, with the idea of getting a train there. He stopped behind to tell the neighbours.

Provisions - dispositions, provision, provisionner

drive on - conduire

He would overtake them, he said, at about half past four in the morning, and now it was nearly nine and they had seen nothing of him. They could not stop in Edgware because of the growing traffic through the place, and so they had come into this side lane.

That was the story they told my brother in fragments when presently they stopped again, nearer to New Barnet. He promised to stay with them, at least until they could determine what to do, or until the missing man arrived, and professed to be an expert shot with the revolver--a weapon strange to him--in order to give them confidence.

determine - déterminer

weapon - arme

They made a sort of encampment by the wayside, and the pony became happy in the hedge. He told them of his own escape out of London, and all that he knew of these Martians and their ways. The sun crept higher in the sky, and after a time their talk died out and gave place to an uneasy state of anticipation.

died out - s'est éteint

uneasy - mal a l'aise, inquiet

Several wayfarers came along the lane, and of these my brother gathered such news as he could. Every broken answer he had deepened his impression of the great disaster that had come on humanity, deepened his persuasion of the immediate necessity for prosecuting this flight. He urged the matter upon them.

wayfarers - des wayfarers, voyageur

deepened - approfondi, approfondir, intensifier

disaster - désastre, catastrophe

prosecuting - des poursuites, poursuivre en justice

"We have money," said the slender woman, and hesitated.

Her eyes met my brother's, and her hesitation ended.

hesitation - hésitation

"So have I," said my brother.

She explained that they had as much as thirty pounds in gold, besides a five-pound note, and suggested that with that they might get upon a train at St. Albans or New Barnet. My brother thought that was hopeless, seeing the fury of the Londoners to crowd upon the trains, and broached his own idea of striking across Essex towards Harwich and thence escaping from the country altogether.

suggested - suggéré, proposer, suggérer

Mrs. Elphinstone--that was the name of the woman in white--would listen to no reasoning, and kept calling upon "George"; but her sister-in-law was astonishingly quiet and deliberate, and at last agreed to my brother's suggestion. So, designing to cross the Great North Road, they went on towards Barnet, my brother leading the pony to save it as much as possible.

law - loi

astonishingly - étonnamment

deliberate - délibérée, délibéré, concerté, délibérer

leading - dirigeante, (lead) dirigeante

As the sun crept up the sky the day became excessively hot, and under foot a thick, whitish sand grew burning and blinding, so that they travelled only very slowly. The hedges were grey with dust. And as they advanced towards Barnet a tumultuous murmuring grew stronger.

whitish - blanchâtre

murmuring - murmure, (murmur), rumeur, souffle, murmurer

They began to meet more people. For the most part these were staring before them, murmuring indistinct questions, jaded, haggard, unclean. One man in evening dress passed them on foot, his eyes on the ground. They heard his voice, and, looking back at him, saw one hand clutched in his hair and the other beating invisible things.

indistinct - indistinct

jaded - blasé, (de) jade

evening dress - robe de soirée

clutched - serré, se raccrocher (a)

beating - battre, battage, battement, (beat) battre

His paroxysm of rage over, he went on his way without once looking back.

rage - rage, furie, fureur, courroux, rager, faire rage

As my brother's party went on towards the crossroads to the south of Barnet they saw a woman approaching the road across some fields on their left, carrying a child and with two other children; and then passed a man in dirty black, with a thick stick in one hand and a small portmanteau in the other.

Then round the corner of the lane, from between the villas that guarded it at its confluence with the high road, came a little cart drawn by a sweating black pony and driven by a sallow youth in a bowler hat, grey with dust. There were three girls, East End factory girls, and a couple of little children crowded in the cart.

guarded - gardé, garde, protection, gardien, arriere

confluence - confluent, confluence, convergence

sweating - transpiration, (sweat)

sallow - pâle, incolore, pâlot, blafard

youth - la jeunesse, jeunesse, jeune, jeune homme, les jeunes

bowler hat - chapeau melon

factory - usine, fabrique, manufacture

"This'll tike us rahnd Edgware?" asked the driver, wild-eyed, white-faced; and when my brother told him it would if he turned to the left, he whipped up at once without the formality of thanks.

tike - tike

whipped - fouetté, fouet, whip, fouetter, flageller, défaire, battre

formality - formalité

My brother noticed a pale grey smoke or haze rising among the houses in front of them, and veiling the white facade of a terrace beyond the road that appeared between the backs of the villas. Mrs. Elphinstone suddenly cried out at a number of tongues of smoky red flame leaping up above the houses in front of them against the hot, blue sky.

veiling - le voile, (veil), voile, voiler

facade - façade

The tumultuous noise resolved itself now into the disorderly mingling of many voices, the gride of many wheels, the creaking of waggons, and the staccato of hoofs. The lane came round sharply not fifty yards from the crossroads.

creaking - grincement, craquement, craquer

sharply - brusquement

"Good heavens!" cried Mrs. Elphinstone. "What is this you are driving us into?"

heavens - les cieux, ciel, paradis, au-dela, cieux-p

My brother stopped.

For the main road was a boiling stream of people, a torrent of human beings rushing northward, one pressing on another.

pressing - pressant, (pres) pressant

A great bank of dust, white and luminous in the blaze of the sun, made everything within twenty feet of the ground grey and indistinct and was perpetually renewed by the hurrying feet of a dense crowd of horses and of men and women on foot, and by the wheels of vehicles of every description.

perpetually - perpétuellement

"Way!" my brother heard voices crying. "Make way!"

It was like riding into the smoke of a fire to approach the meeting point of the lane and road; the crowd roared like a fire, and the dust was hot and pungent. And, indeed, a little way up the road a villa was burning and sending rolling masses of black smoke across the road to add to the confusion.

roared - a rugi, rugir, hurler, s'esclaffer, rire aux éclats

villa - villa

Two men came past them. Then a dirty woman, carrying a heavy bundle and weeping. A lost retriever dog, with hanging tongue, circled dubiously round them, scared and wretched, and fled at my brother's threat.

bundle - bundle, faisceau, fagot, paquet, ballot (of goods)

tongue - langue, languette

circled - encerclée, cercle, disque, yeux cernés-p, cerne

dubiously - douteux, dubitativement, douteusement

wretched - misérable

fled - fui, s'enfuir, prendre la fuite, fuir, échapper

threat - menace

So much as they could see of the road Londonward between the houses to the right was a tumultuous stream of dirty, hurrying people, pent in between the villas on either side; the black heads, the crowded forms, grew into distinctness as they rushed towards the corner, hurried past, and merged their individuality again in a receding multitude that was swallowed up at last in a cloud of dust.

pent - pent

distinctness - distinction

merged - fusionné, fusionner, amalgamer

individuality - l'individualité

swallowed up - englouti

"Go on! Go on!" cried the voices. "Way! Way!"

One man's hands pressed on the back of another. My brother stood at the pony's head. Irresistibly attracted, he advanced slowly, pace by pace, down the lane.

irresistibly - irrésistiblement

Edgware had been a scene of confusion, Chalk Farm a riotous tumult, but this was a whole population in movement. It is hard to imagine that host. It had no character of its own. The figures poured out past the corner, and receded with their backs to the group in the lane. Along the margin came those who were on foot threatened by the wheels, stumbling in the ditches, blundering into one another.

riotous - émeutiers

Host - l'hôte, hote, hôte

character - caractere, personnage, caractere

poured out - versée

margin - marge

The carts and carriages crowded close upon one another, making little way for those swifter and more impatient vehicles that darted forward every now and then when an opportunity showed itself of doing so, sending the people scattering against the fences and gates of the villas.

swifter - plus rapide, (swift), rapide, martinet, dévidoir

more impatient - plus impatient

opportunity - occasion, opportunité, occasion favorable, chance

scattering - la dispersion, diffusion, éparpillement, (scatter), disperser

"Push on!" was the cry. "Push on! They are coming!"

push - pousser, poussons, poussez, poussent, buter, acculer

In one cart stood a blind man in the uniform of the Salvation Army, gesticulating with his crooked fingers and bawling, "Eternity! Eternity!" His voice was hoarse and very loud so that my brother could hear him long after he was lost to sight in the dust.

blind man - un aveugle

uniform - uniforme

Salvation - le salut, salut

gesticulating - gesticuler

crooked - tortu, (crook) tortu

fingers - doigts, pointer, tripoter, doigter

eternity - l'éternité, éternité

Some of the people who crowded in the carts whipped stupidly at their horses and quarrelled with other drivers; some sat motionless, staring at nothing with miserable eyes; some gnawed their hands with thirst, or lay prostrate in the bottoms of their conveyances. The horses'bits were covered with foam, their eyes bloodshot.

stupidly - stupidement, betement

quarrelled - se sont disputés, dispute

miserable - misérable

gnawed - rongé, ronger, harceler, préoccuper

prostrate - prostrée, prosterner

bottoms - le bas, fond, bas, dessous, arriere-train, cul, derriere

bits - bits, (petit) morceau

foam - écume, mousse, écumer, mousser

There were cabs, carriages, shop cars, waggons, beyond counting; a mail cart, a road-cleaner's cart marked "Vestry of St. Pancras," a huge timber waggon crowded with roughs. A brewer's dray rumbled by with its two near wheels splashed with fresh blood.

counting - compter, comte

mail - courrier, postal

vestry - la sacristie, sacristie

timber - le bois, bois de construction

brewer - brasseur, brasseuse

dray - dray

rumbled - grondé, borborygme (stomach), gargouillement (stomach)

"Clear the way!" cried the voices. "Clear the way!"

"Eter-nity! Eter-nity!" came echoing down the road.

nity - nité

echoing - l'écho, écho

There were sad, haggard women tramping by, well dressed, with children that cried and stumbled, their dainty clothes smothered in dust, their weary faces smeared with tears. With many of these came men, sometimes helpful, sometimes lowering and savage. Fighting side by side with them pushed some weary street outcast in faded black rags, wide-eyed, loud-voiced, and foul-mouthed.

dainty - délicate, délicat, mignon

smeared - étalé, badigeonner, couvrir, diffamer, trace, traînée

Tears - des larmes, larme

helpful - utile, serviable

side with - du côté de

outcast - exclu, faillir

rags - chiffons, chiffon

voiced - exprimé, voix

foul - la faute, infâme

There were sturdy workmen thrusting their way along, wretched, unkempt men, clothed like clerks or shopmen, struggling spasmodically; a wounded soldier my brother noticed, men dressed in the clothes of railway porters, one wretched creature in a nightshirt with a coat thrown over it.

unkempt - mal entretenu, ébouriffé

clothed - habillé, tissu, étoffe, tenue

clerks - commis, greffier

spasmodically - spasmodiquement

nightshirt - chemise de nuit, vetement de nuit

thrown over - jeté

But varied as its composition was, certain things all that host had in common. There were fear and pain on their faces, and fear behind them. A tumult up the road, a quarrel for a place in a waggon, sent the whole host of them quickening their pace; even a man so scared and broken that his knees bent under him was galvanised for a moment into renewed activity.

varied - varié, varier

pain - douleur, mal, diuleur

quarrel - querelle, bagarrer, noise, algarade, dispute

quickening - l'accélération, (quicken) l'accélération

The heat and dust had already been at work upon this multitude. Their skins were dry, their lips black and cracked. They were all thirsty, weary, and footsore. And amid the various cries one heard disputes, reproaches, groans of weariness and fatigue; the voices of most of them were hoarse and weak. Through it all ran a refrain:

skins - peaux, peau, apparence, écorcher, égratigner

lips - levres, levre

footsore - éclopé

cries - pleure, pleurer, crier, hurler, gueuler, pleur, cri

disputes - litiges, dispute, litige, discuter, argumenter

reproaches - des reproches, reproche, opprobre, reprocher

groans - gémissements, râle, râlement, gémissement, grognement

weak - faible, débile

refrain - refrain

"Way! Way! The Martians are coming!"

Few stopped and came aside from that flood. The lane opened slantingly into the main road with a narrow opening, and had a delusive appearance of coming from the direction of London. Yet a kind of eddy of people drove into its mouth; weaklings elbowed out of the stream, who for the most part rested but a moment before plunging into it again.

flood - inondation, inonder, submerger, noyer

delusive - illusoire

eddy - eddy, tourbillon

weaklings - des faibles

rested - reposé, repos

plunging - plongeant, (plunge) plongeant

A little way down the lane, with two friends bending over him, lay a man with a bare leg, wrapped about with bloody rags. He was a lucky man to have friends.

bending - de flexion, flexion, (bend), courber, tordre, tourner

bloody - sanglante

lucky - chanceux, heureux, veinard, fortuné

A little old man, with a grey military moustache and a filthy black frock coat, limped out and sat down beside the trap, removed his boot--his sock was blood-stained--shook out a pebble, and hobbled on again; and then a little girl of eight or nine, all alone, threw herself under the hedge close by my brother, weeping.

moustache - moustache, bacchante

filthy - dégoutant, crasseux

frock coat - redingote

limped - boitait, mou, faible

trap - piege

removed - supprimée, enlever

sock - chaussette, battement, chausette

stained - taché, tache, souillure, colorant, tacher, entacher, colorer

pebble - galet, gravillon

hobbled - entravé, entrave, abot

"I can't go on! I can't go on!"

My brother woke from his torpor of astonishment and lifted her up, speaking gently to her, and carried her to Miss Elphinstone. So soon as my brother touched her she became quite still, as if frightened.

lifted - soulevée, soulever

"Ellen!" shrieked a woman in the crowd, with tears in her voice--"Ellen!" And the child suddenly darted away from my brother, crying "Mother!"

"They are coming," said a man on horseback, riding past along the lane.

horseback - a cheval, a cheval

"Out of the way, there!" bawled a coachman, towering high; and my brother saw a closed carriage turning into the lane.

coachman - cocher

turning into - se transformer en

The people crushed back on one another to avoid the horse. My brother pushed the pony and chaise back into the hedge, and the man drove by and stopped at the turn of the way. It was a carriage, with a pole for a pair of horses, but only one was in the traces.

traces - des traces, trace

My brother saw dimly through the dust that two men lifted out something on a white stretcher and put it gently on the grass beneath the privet hedge.

stretcher - civiere, civiere, brancard, châssis, panneresse

privet hedge - une haie de troenes

One of the men came running to my brother.

"Where is there any water?" he said. "He is dying fast, and very thirsty. It is Lord Garrick."

"Lord Garrick!" said my brother; "the Chief Justice?"

justice - justice, équité, conseiller

"The water?" he said.

"There may be a tap," said my brother, "in some of the houses. We have no water. I dare not leave my people."

tap - robinet, forer, toucher, rencontrer

The man pushed against the crowd towards the gate of the corner house.

"Go on!" said the people, thrusting at him. "They are coming! Go on!"

Then my brother's attention was distracted by a bearded, eagle-faced man lugging a small handbag, which split even as my brother's eyes rested on it and disgorged a mass of sovereigns that seemed to break up into separate coins as it struck the ground. They rolled hither and thither among the struggling feet of men and horses.

distracted - distraits, distraire

bearded - barbu, barbe

eagle - aigle, eagle, réussir un aigle

handbag - sac a main, sac a main

sovereigns - souverains, souverain

rolled - roulé, rouleau

thither - la, la, d'ici la

The man stopped and looked stupidly at the heap, and the shaft of a cab struck his shoulder and sent him reeling. He gave a shriek and dodged back, and a cartwheel shaved him narrowly.

cartwheel - roue de charrette, roue

"Way!" cried the men all about him. "Make way!"

So soon as the cab had passed, he flung himself, with both hands open, upon the heap of coins, and began thrusting handfuls in his pocket. A horse rose close upon him, and in another moment, half rising, he had been borne Down Under the horse's hoofs.

handfuls - poignées, poignée, manipule

borne - porté, supporter

Down Under - Australie, Nouvelle Zelande

"Stop!" screamed my brother, and pushing a woman out of his way, tried to clutch the bit of the horse.

clutch - embrayage, agriffons, couplage, saisir, agriffez, agriffent

Before he could get to it, he heard a scream under the wheels, and saw through the dust the rim passing over the poor wretch's back. The driver of the cart slashed his whip at my brother, who ran round behind the cart. The multitudinous shouting confused his ears.

passing over - passer

wretch - malheureux, malheureux/-euse

multitudinous - multitudinaire

confused - confus, rendre perplexe, confondre

The man was writhing in the dust among his scattered money, unable to rise, for the wheel had broken his back, and his lower limbs lay limp and dead. My brother stood up and yelled at the next driver, and a man on a black horse came to his assistance.

limp - boiteux, boitez, boitent, boitons, boiter

black horse - cheval noir

assistance - l'assistance, assistance

"Get him out of the road," said he; and, clutching the man's collar with his free hand, my brother lugged him sideways. But he still clutched after his money, and regarded my brother fiercely, hammering at his arm with a handful of gold. "Go on! Go on!" shouted angry voices behind.

clutching - l'embrayage, se raccrocher (a)

fiercely - férocement, âprement, farouchement

"Way! Way!"

There was a smash as the pole of a carriage crashed into the cart that the man on horseback stopped. My brother looked up, and the man with the gold twisted his head round and bit the wrist that held his collar. There was a concussion, and the black horse came staggering sideways, and the carthorse pushed beside it. A hoof missed my brother's foot by a hair's breadth.

smash - smash, fracasser, percuter, écraser

crashed into - s'est écrasé

carthorse - carthorse

hoof - sabot

by a hair - d'un cheveu

He released his grip on the fallen man and jumped back. He saw anger change to terror on the face of the poor wretch on the ground, and in a moment he was hidden and my brother was borne backward and carried past the entrance of the lane, and had to fight hard in the torrent to recover it.

released - libéré, libérer

anger - la colere, colere, ire, courroux, rage

change to - changer pour

backward - a l'envers, arriéré, en arriere, a reculons

entrance - entrée, cochere

recover - récupérer, captons, capter, recouvrent, recouvrer, recouvrons

He saw Miss Elphinstone covering her eyes, and a little child, with all a child's want of sympathetic imagination, staring with dilated eyes at a dusty something that lay black and still, ground and crushed under the rolling wheels. "Let us go back!" he shouted, and began turning the pony round.

sympathetic - sympathique

dilated - dilaté, dilater, se dilater

dusty - poussiéreux

"We cannot cross this--hell," he said and they went back a hundred yards the way they had come, until the fighting crowd was hidden. As they passed the bend in the lane my brother saw the face of the dying man in the ditch under the privet, deadly white and drawn, and shining with perspiration. The two women sat silent, crouching in their seat and shivering.

hell - l'enfer, enfer

privet - le troene

Then beyond the bend my brother stopped again. Miss Elphinstone was white and pale, and her sister-in-law sat weeping, too wretched even to call upon "George." My brother was horrified and perplexed. So soon as they had retreated he realised how urgent and unavoidable it was to attempt this crossing. He turned to Miss Elphinstone, suddenly resolute.

resolute - résolu, résolue, ferme, déterminé

"We must go that way," he said, and led the pony round again.

For the second time that day this girl proved her quality. To force their way into the torrent of people, my brother plunged into the traffic and held back a cab horse, while she drove the pony across its head. A waggon locked wheels for a moment and ripped a long splinter from the chaise. In another moment they were caught and swept forward by the stream.

quality - qualité

plunged - plongé, plonger

held back - retenu

ripped - déchiré, (se) déchirer

splinter - écharde, éclat

My brother, with the cabman's whip marks red across his face and hands, scrambled into the chaise and took the reins from her.

cabman - chauffeur de taxi

marks - marques, Marc

"Point the revolver at the man behind," he said, giving it to her, "if he presses us too hard. No!--point it at his horse."

presses - presses, appuyer sur, presser

Then he began to look out for a chance of edging to the right across the road. But once in the stream he seemed to lose volition, to become a part of that dusty rout. They swept through Chipping Barnet with the torrent; they were nearly a mile beyond the centre of the town before they had fought across to the opposite side of the way.

edging - bordures, (edge), bord, côté, arete, carre

volition - volition, volonté, énergie

rout - déroute, mettre en déroute

Chipping - escalope, (chip) escalope

opposite side - du côté opposé

It was din and confusion indescribable; but in and beyond the town the road forks repeatedly, and this to some extent relieved the stress.

indescribable - indescriptible

forks - fourches, fourchette, fourche

repeatedly - de façon répétée

relieved - soulagé, soulager, relayer, faire ses besoins, se soulager

They struck eastward through Hadley, and there on either side of the road, and at another place farther on they came upon a great multitude of people drinking at the stream, some fighting to come at the water.

another place - un autre endroit

And farther on, from a lull Near East Barnet, they saw two trains running slowly one after the other without signal or order--trains swarming with people, with men even among the coals behind the engines--going northward along the Great Northern Railway.

lull - l'accalmie, pause, bonace, calme, apaiser, bercer, calmer

Near East - Proche-Orient

coals - charbons, charbon, houille, tisons-p, fr

Northern - nord, septentrional, boréal, bise

My brother supposes they must have filled outside London, for at that time the furious terror of the people had rendered the central termini impossible.

supposes - suppose, supposer, imaginer

rendered - rendu, rendre

central - central

termini - termini, terminus

Near this place they halted for the rest of the afternoon, for the violence of the day had already utterly exhausted all three of them. They began to suffer the beginnings of hunger; the night was cold, and none of them dared to sleep.

utterly - tout a fait

hunger - la faim, faim

dared - osé, oser

And in the evening many people came hurrying along the road nearby their stopping place, fleeing from unknown dangers before them, and going in the direction from which my brother had come.

nearby - a proximité, proche, a proximité

stopping place - lieu d'arret

fleeing - s'enfuir, prendre la fuite, fuir, échapper


Had the Martians aimed only at destruction, they might on Monday have annihilated the entire population of London, as it spread itself slowly through the home counties. Not only along the road through Barnet, but also through Edgware and Waltham Abbey, and along the roads eastward to Southend and Shoeburyness, and south of the Thames to Deal and Broadstairs, poured the same frantic rout.

aimed - visé, viser, pointer

Counties - comtés, comté

Abbey - l'abbaye, abbaye

If one could have hung that June morning in a balloon in the blazing blue above London every northward and eastward road running out of the tangled maze of streets would have seemed stippled black with the streaming fugitives, each dot a human agony of terror and physical distress.

balloon - ballon, ballon de baudruche, ballon en baudruche

tangled - enchevetrés, désordre, enchevetrement

maze - labyrinthe, dédale

distress - la détresse, détresse

I have set forth at length in the last chapter my brother's account of the road through Chipping Barnet, in order that my readers may realise how that swarming of black dots appeared to one of those concerned. Never before in the history of the world had such a mass of human beings moved and suffered together.

set forth - Mettre en avant

at length - longuement

dots - points, point

The legendary hosts of Goths and Huns, the hugest armies Asia has ever seen, would have been but a drop in that current. And this was no disciplined march; it was a stampede--a stampede gigantic and terrible--without order and without a goal, six million people unarmed and unprovisioned, driving headlong. It was the beginning of the rout of civilisation, of the massacre of mankind.

legendary - légendaire

Goths - les goths, gothique

hugest - le plus grand, embrassade, étreinte, câlin, accolade, étreindre

armies - armées, armée

Asia - asie

current - courant, présent, actuel

stampede - la bousculade, bousculade, débandade

goal - objectif, but, but (marqué), marquer un but

unprovisioned - non prévu

mankind - l'humanité, humanité, genre humain, hommes

Directly below him the balloonist would have seen the network of streets far and wide, houses, churches, squares, crescents, gardens--already derelict--spread out like a huge map, and in the southward blotted. Over Ealing, Richmond, Wimbledon, it would have seemed as if some monstrous pen had flung ink upon the chart.

directly - directement, checktout droit

balloonist - aérostier, ballonniste

churches - églises, église, culte, t+misse

squares - carrés, carré, équerre, place, case, carreau

crescents - des croissants, croissant

blotted - éponge, tache, (ink) pâté, souillure, tacher

ink - encre

Steadily, incessantly, each black splash grew and spread, shooting out ramifications this way and that, now banking itself against rising ground, now pouring swiftly over a crest into a new-found valley, exactly as a gout of ink would spread itself upon blotting paper.

incessantly - sans cesse

ramifications - conséquences, ramification

gout - la goutte

blotting paper - du papier buvard

And beyond, over the blue hills that rise southward of the river, the glittering Martians went to and fro, calmly and methodically spreading their poison cloud over this patch of country and then over that, laying it again with their steam jets when it had served its purpose, and taking possession of the conquered country.

calmly - calmement, paisiblement

laying - pose, (lay) pose

taking possession of - prendre possession de

conquered - conquis, conquérir

They do not seem to have aimed at extermination so much as at complete demoralisation and the destruction of any opposition. They exploded any stores of powder they came upon, cut every telegraph, and wrecked the railways here and there. They were hamstringing mankind. They seemed in no hurry to extend the field of their operations, and did not come beyond the central part of London all that day.

demoralisation - démoralisation

stores - magasins, entrepôt, stock, stocker, conserver

railways - les chemins de fer, chemin de fer, réseau ferroviaire

hamstringing - les ischio-jambiers, ischio-jambier, paralyser

extend - étendre, prolonger

operations - des opérations, opération, fonctionnement, exploitation

It is possible that a very considerable number of people in London stuck to their houses through Monday morning. Certain it is that many died at home suffocated by the Black Smoke.

stuck to - collé

Until about midday the Pool of London was an astonishing scene. Steamboats and shipping of all sorts lay there, tempted by the enormous sums of money offered by fugitives, and it is said that many who swam out to these vessels were thrust off with boathooks and drowned.

steamboats - les bateaux a vapeur, bateau a vapeur

sorts - sortes, sorte

tempted - tentés, tenter, attirer

sums - sommes, somme

offered - proposé, offrir, proposer

swam out - Il a nagé

vessels - navires, vaisseau, recipient

boathooks - crochets a bateau, harpin, gaffe

About one o'clock in the afternoon the thinning remnant of a cloud of the black vapour appeared between the arches of Blackfriars Bridge.

remnant - vestige, reste

arches - arcs, voute, arche

At that the Pool became a scene of mad confusion, fighting, and collision, and for some time a multitude of boats and barges jammed in the northern arch of the Tower Bridge, and the sailors and lightermen had to fight savagely against the people who swarmed upon them from the riverfront. People were actually clambering down the piers of the bridge from above.

barges - barges, chaland

swarmed - essaimé, essaim (flying insects)

riverfront - le front de mer

actually - en fait

piers - piers, jetée, ponton, pile, pilier

When, an hour later, a Martian appeared beyond the Clock Tower and waded down the river, nothing but wreckage floated above Limehouse.

floated - flotté, flotter

Of the falling of the fifth cylinder I have presently to tell. The sixth star fell at Wimbledon. My brother, keeping watch beside the women in the chaise in a meadow, saw the green flash of it far beyond the hills. On Tuesday the little party, still set upon getting across the sea, made its way through the swarming country towards Colchester.

sixth - sixieme, sixieme ('before the noun'), ('in names of monarchs and popes') six ('after the name') ('abbreviation' VI)

The news that the Martians were now in possession of the whole of London was confirmed. They had been seen at Highgate, and even, it was said, at Neasden. But they did not come into my brother's view until the morrow.

confirmed - confirmée, confirmer

morrow - lendemain, matin

That day the scattered multitudes began to realise the urgent need of provisions. As they grew hungry the rights of property ceased to be regarded. Farmers were out to defend their cattle-sheds, granaries, and ripening root crops with arms in their hands.

property - propriété, accessoire

farmers - agriculteurs, agriculteur, fermier

defend - défendre

cattle - du bétail, bétail, bovins

granaries - greniers, grenier, grenier a grain

ripening - la maturation, maturité, (ripen), murir, arriver a maturité

root - racine, enraciner, enracinez, enracinons, enracinent, rave

crops - les cultures, récolte, produits agricoles

A number of people now, like my brother, had their faces eastward, and there were some desperate souls even going back towards London to get food. These were chiefly people from the northern suburbs, whose knowledge of the Black Smoke came by hearsay.

knowledge - connaissance, science, connaissances, savoir

by hearsay - par oui-dire

He heard that about half the members of the government had gathered at Birmingham, and that enormous quantities of high explosives were being prepared to be used in automatic mines across the Midland counties.

He was also told that the Midland Railway Company had replaced the desertions of the first day's panic, had resumed traffic, and was running northward trains from St. Albans to relieve the congestion of the home counties.

desertions - désertions, désertion

relieve - soulager, relayer, faire ses besoins, se soulager

congestion - la congestion, embouteillage, bouchon

There was also a placard in Chipping Ongar announcing that large stores of flour were available in the northern towns and that within twenty-four hours bread would be distributed among the starving people in the neighbourhood.

placard - placard, affiche, pancarte

announcing - annonçant, annoncer

flour - farine, fariner, enfariner

in the neighbourhood - dans le quartier

But this intelligence did not deter him from the plan of escape he had formed, and the three pressed eastward all day, and heard no more of the bread distribution than this promise. Nor, as a matter of fact, did anyone else hear more of it. That night fell the seventh star, falling upon Primrose Hill. It fell while Miss Elphinstone was watching, for she took that duty alternately with my brother.

distribution - distribution

Primrose - primrose, primevere

Duty - le devoir, devoir, obligation, service, travail, taxe

alternately - en alternance

She saw it.

On Wednesday the three fugitives--they had passed the night in a field of unripe wheat--reached Chelmsford, and there a body of the inhabitants, calling itself the Committee of Public Supply, seized the pony as provisions, and would give nothing in exchange for it but the promise of a share in it the next day.

passed the night - passé la nuit

committee - de la commission, comité, commission

seized - saisi, saisir

share in - partager

Here there were rumours of Martians at Epping, and news of the destruction of Waltham Abbey Powder Mills in a vain attempt to blow up one of the invaders.

rumours - rumeurs, rumeur

blow up - exploser

People were watching for Martians here from the church towers. My brother, very luckily for him as it chanced, preferred to push on at once to the coast rather than wait for food, although all three of them were very hungry. By midday they passed through Tillingham, which, strangely enough, seemed to be quite silent and deserted, save for a few furtive plunderers hunting for food.

coast - côte, cordonlittoral, borde

furtive - furtif, subreptice

plunderers - pilleurs, pillard

Near Tillingham they suddenly came in sight of the sea, and the most amazing crowd of shipping of all sorts that it is possible to imagine.

most amazing - le plus étonnant

For after the sailors could no longer come up the Thames, they came on to the Essex coast, to Harwich and Walton and Clacton, and afterwards to Foulness and Shoebury, to bring off the people. They lay in a huge sickle-shaped curve that vanished into mist at last towards the Naze.

Foulness - crasse

sickle - faucille, fauciller, falciforme, serpe

Naze - naze

Close inshore was a multitude of fishing smacks--English, Scotch, French, Dutch, and Swedish; steam launches from the Thames, yachts, electric boats; and beyond were ships of large burden, a multitude of filthy colliers, trim merchantmen, cattle ships, passenger boats, petroleum tanks, ocean tramps, an old white transport even, neat white and grey liners from Southampton and Hamburg; and along the blue coast across the Blackwater my brother could make out dimly a dense swarm of boats chaffering with the people on the beach, a swarm which also extended up the Blackwater almost to Maldon.

inshore - côtiere, pres de la côte, vers la côte

smacks - des gifles, donner une tape a

Scotch - du scotch, Écossais, scotch

Dutch - néerlandais, hollandais

Swedish - suédois

launches - lancements, lancer

yachts - yachts, yacht

ships - navires, navire

colliers - colliers, mineur, charbonnier

trim - de l'habillage, tailler, compenser, compensation

passenger - passager

petroleum - le pétrole, pétrole

tanks - réservoirs, réservoir, cuve

Ocean - l'océan, océan

Tramps - des clochards, clochard, va-nu-pieds, traînée, garce

transport - reporter, transporter, transport, rench: transport g de troupes

neat - soigné, parure

Hamburg - hambourg

Blackwater - blackwater, eaux noires

Maldon - Maldon

About a couple of miles out lay an ironclad, very low in the water, almost, to my brother's perception, like a water-logged ship. This was the ram Thunder Child.

perception - perception

logged - connecté, rondin, buche

ship - navire, manipuler, expédier, vaisseau

It was the only warship in sight, but far away to the right over the smooth surface of the sea--for that day there was a dead calm--lay a serpent of black smoke to mark the next ironclads of the Channel Fleet, which hovered in an extended line, steam up and ready for action, across the Thames estuary during the course of the Martian conquest, vigilant and yet powerless to prevent it.

smooth - lisse, doux, facile, sophistiqué, naturel, souple, régulier

serpent - serpent

ironclads - les cuirassés, cuirassé, sans faille

hovered - en vol stationnaire, éventiller, faire du sur-place, hésiter

ready for action - Pret a laction

estuary - l'estuaire, estuaire

conquest - conquete, conquete

powerless - impuissante, impuissant

prevent - prévenir, empecher

At the sight of the sea, Mrs. Elphinstone, in spite of the assurances of her sister-in-law, gave way to panic. She had never been out of England before, she would rather die than trust herself friendless in a foreign country, and so forth. She seemed, poor woman, to imagine that the French and the Martians might prove very similar.

gave way - céder le passage

trust - confiance, trust, faire confiance, avoir foi en quelqu’un

foreign - étrangers, étranger, étrangere

poor woman - pauvre femme

Prove - prouver, éprouvent, éprouvons, éprouvez, prouvent

She had been growing increasingly hysterical, fearful, and depressed during the two days'journeyings. Her great idea was to return to Stanmore. Things had been always well and safe at Stanmore. They would find George at Stanmore.

increasingly - de plus en plus

hysterical - hystérique

journeyings - voyages

It was with the greatest difficulty they could get her down to the beach, where presently my brother succeeded in attracting the attention of some men on a paddle steamer from the Thames. They sent a boat and drove a bargain for thirty-six pounds for the three. The steamer was going, these men said, to Ostend.

paddle steamer - Péniche a aubes

bargain for - négocier

It was about two o'clock when my brother, having paid their fares at the gangway, found himself safely aboard the steamboat with his charges. There was food aboard, albeit at exorbitant prices, and the three of them contrived to eat a meal on one of the seats forward.

gangway - passerelle, passage, passavant, écartez-vous, laissez passer

safely - prudemment, en toute sécurité

steamboat - bateau a vapeur, bateau a vapeur

charges - charges, frais-p, charge, chef d’accusation, chef d’inculpation

seats - sieges, place, siege, assise, séant, fond

There were already a couple of score of passengers aboard, some of whom had expended their last money in securing a passage, but the captain lay off the Blackwater until five in the afternoon, picking up passengers until the seated decks were even dangerously crowded. He would probably have remained longer had it not been for the sound of guns that began about that hour in the south.

expended - dépensés, dépenser

captain - capitaine, capitaine de vaisseau, agir en capitaine, piloter

lay off - licencier

picking - le prélevement, (pic) le prélevement

decks - ponts, pont

dangerously - dangereusement

As if in answer, the ironclad seaward fired a small gun and hoisted a string of flags. A jet of smoke sprang out of her funnels.

seaward - vers la mer

hoisted - hissé, hisser

flags - drapeaux, drapeau

funnels - des entonnoirs, entonnoir

Some of the passengers were of opinion that this firing came from Shoeburyness, until it was noticed that it was growing louder. At the same time, far away in the southeast the masts and upperworks of three ironclads rose one after the other out of the sea, beneath clouds of black smoke. But my brother's attention speedily reverted to the distant firing in the south.

louder - plus fort, fort

masts - mâts, mât

upperworks - les travaux supérieurs

speedily - rapidement

He fancied he saw a column of smoke rising out of the distant grey haze.

column of smoke - colonne de fumée

The little steamer was already flapping her way eastward of the big crescent of shipping, and the low Essex coast was growing blue and hazy, when a Martian appeared, small and faint in the remote distance, advancing along the muddy coast from the direction of Foulness.

steamer - vapeur

flapping - battre des ailes, pan

At that the captain on the bridge swore at the top of his voice with fear and anger at his own delay, and the paddles seemed infected with his terror. Every soul aboard stood at the bulwarks or on the seats of the steamer and stared at that distant shape, higher than the trees or church towers inland, and advancing with a leisurely parody of a human stride.

swore - juré, jurer

delay - délai, ajourner, décélération, surseoir, retard, retarder

paddles - des pagaies, barboter

bulwarks - les pavois, rempart, bastingage, pavois

parody - parodie, parodier

It was the first Martian my brother had seen, and he stood, more amazed than terrified, watching this Titan advancing deliberately towards the shipping, wading farther and farther into the water as the coast fell away.

more amazed - plus étonné

Then, far away beyond the Crouch, came another, striding over some stunted trees, and then yet another, still farther off, wading deeply through a shiny mudflat that seemed to hang halfway up between sea and sky. They were all stalking seaward, as if to intercept the escape of the multitudinous vessels that were crowded between Foulness and the Naze.

crouch - s'accroupir

stunted - rabougri, arreter la croissance

shiny - brillant

mudflat - vasiere, seche

hang - pendre, planement

stalking - harcelement, (stalk) harcelement

intercept - intercepter

In spite of the throbbing exertions of the engines of the little paddle-boat, and the pouring foam that her wheels flung behind her, she receded with terrifying slowness from this ominous advance.

throbbing - des palpitations, (throb), battre, palpiter, vibrer, résonner

exertions - des efforts, effort, dépense

slowness - lenteur

Glancing northwestward, my brother saw the large crescent of shipping already writhing with the approaching terror; one ship passing behind another, another coming round from broadside to end on, steamships whistling and giving off volumes of steam, sails being let out, launches rushing hither and thither.

glancing - un coup d'oil, (glance), jeter un coup d’oil

northwestward - vers le nord-ouest

broadside - le front de taille, bordée, flanc

steamships - les bateaux a vapeur, bateau a vapeur

sails - voiles, voile

let out - Laisser sortir

hither - ici, ça

He was so fascinated by this and by the creeping danger away to the left that he had no eyes for anything seaward. And then a swift movement of the steamboat (she had suddenly come round to avoid being run down) flung him headlong from the seat upon which he was standing. There was a shouting all about him, a trampling of feet, and a cheer that seemed to be answered faintly.

trampling - le piétinement, (trample), fouler, piétiner

The steamboat lurched and rolled him over upon his hands.

lurched - s'est déplacé, faire une embardée, vaciller

He sprang to his feet and saw to starboard, and not a hundred yards from their heeling, pitching boat, a vast iron bulk like the blade of a plough tearing through the water, tossing it on either side in huge waves of foam that leaped towards the steamer, flinging her paddles helplessly in the air, and then sucking her deck down almost to the waterline.

starboard - a tribord, tribord

pitching - le tangage, (pitch) le tangage

blade - lame

plough - charrue, araire, labourer, pilonner

tearing - déchirure, larme

tossing - le lancer, (toss), jet, au pile ou face, tirage au sort, lancer

sucking - sucer, succion, sucement, (suck), téter, etre chiant

deck - Le pont

waterline - ligne de flottaison

A douche of spray blinded my brother for a moment. When his eyes were clear again he saw the monster had passed and was rushing landward. Big iron upperworks rose out of this headlong structure, and from that twin funnels projected and spat a smoking blast shot with fire. It was the torpedo ram, Thunder Child, steaming headlong, coming to the rescue of the threatened shipping.

douche - douche, douche vaginale, poire de lavement, doucher

landward - vers l'intérieur des terres

structure - structure

twin - jumeau, jumeau/-elle

spat - spatule

blast - explosion, souffle

steaming - a la vapeur, cuisson a la vapeur, (steam), vapeur d'eau

rescue - secours, délivrer, secourir, sauver, checksauver, sauvetage

Keeping his footing on the heaving deck by clutching the bulwarks, my brother looked past this charging leviathan at the Martians again, and he saw the three of them now close together, and standing so far out to sea that their tripod supports were almost entirely submerged.

heaving - le déchaussement, (heave), hisser

deck - pont

charging - charge, frais-p, chef d’accusation, chef d’inculpation

leviathan - leviathan, léviathan, léviathanique

far out - loin

supports - soutiens, (sup)porter, soutenir

Thus sunken, and seen in remote perspective, they appeared far less formidable than the huge iron bulk in whose wake the steamer was pitching so helplessly. It would seem they were regarding this new antagonist with astonishment. To their intelligence, it may be, the giant was even such another as themselves. The Thunder Child fired no gun, but simply drove full speed towards them.

perspective - perspective, perspectif

It was probably her not firing that enabled her to get so near the enemy as she did. They did not know what to make of her. One shell, and they would have sent her to the bottom forthwith with the Heat-Ray.

enabled - activée, autoriser, permettre, activer

enemy - l'ennemi, ennemi, ennemie

She was steaming at such a pace that in a minute she seemed halfway between the steamboat and the Martians--a diminishing black bulk against the receding horizontal expanse of the Essex coast.

diminishing - en baisse, diminuant, (diminish), réduire, rétrécir, rapetisser

horizontal - horizontal

Suddenly the foremost Martian lowered his tube and discharged a canister of the black gas at the ironclad. It hit her larboard side and glanced off in an inky jet that rolled away to seaward, an unfolding torrent of Black Smoke, from which the ironclad drove clear.

lowered - abaissé, (s')assombrir

larboard - a tribord

glanced - a glissé, jeter un coup d’oil, coup d'oil

unfolding - en cours, (unfold), déplier, dérouler, checkdéplier

To the watchers from the steamer, low in the water and with the sun in their eyes, it seemed as though she were already among the Martians.

They saw the gaunt figures separating and rising out of the water as they retreated shoreward, and one of them raised the camera-like generator of the Heat-Ray. He held it pointing obliquely downward, and a bank of steam sprang from the water at its touch. It must have driven through the iron of the ship's side like a white-hot iron rod through paper.

separating - la séparation, séparé, séparée, séparer

iron rod - une tige de fer

A flicker of flame went up through the rising steam, and then the Martian reeled and staggered. In another moment he was cut down, and a great body of water and steam shot high in the air.

cut down - réduit

The guns of the Thunder Child sounded through the reek, going off one after the other, and one shot splashed the water high close by the steamer, ricocheted towards the other flying ships to the north, and smashed a smack to matchwood.

ricocheted - ricochet, ricocher

Smack - la gifle, relent

matchwood - bois d'allumette

But no one heeded that very much. At the sight of the Martian's collapse the captain on the bridge yelled inarticulately, and all the crowding passengers on the steamer's stern shouted together. And then they yelled again. For, surging out beyond the white tumult, drove something long and black, the flames streaming from its middle parts, its ventilators and funnels spouting fire.

inarticulately - de maniere inarticulée

crowding - l'encombrement, foule

stern - sévere, poupe

surging - en hausse, enflant, (surge), montée, poussée, vague, afflux

ventilators - ventilateurs, ventilateur, respirateur artificiel, respirateur

spouting - de l'eau, (spout), bec verseur, jet, souffle, jaillir, palabrer

She was alive still; the steering gear, it seems, was intact and her engines working. She headed straight for a second Martian, and was within a hundred yards of him when the Heat-Ray came to bear. Then with a violent thud, a blinding flash, her decks, her funnels, leaped upward.

steering - la direction, direction, (steer) la direction

gear - l'engrenage, panoplie, matériel, matos, engrenage, vitesse

The Martian staggered with the violence of her explosion, and in another moment the flaming wreckage, still driving forward with the impetus of its pace, had struck him and crumpled him up like a thing of cardboard. My brother shouted involuntarily. A boiling tumult of steam hid everything again.

impetus - l'impulsion, élan

cardboard - carton

involuntarily - involontairement

"Two!" yelled the captain.

Everyone was shouting. The whole steamer from end to end rang with frantic cheering that was taken up first by one and then by all in the crowding multitude of ships and boats that was driving out to sea.

cheering - des applaudissements, acclamation(s)

taken up - pris en charge

driving out - sortir en voiture

The steam hung upon the water for many minutes, hiding the third Martian and the coast altogether. And all this time the boat was paddling steadily out to sea and away from the fight; and when at last the confusion cleared, the drifting bank of black vapour intervened, and nothing of the Thunder Child could be made out, nor could the third Martian be seen.

intervened - est-elle intervenue, intervenir

But the ironclads to seaward were now quite close and standing in towards shore past the steamboat.

The little vessel continued to beat its way seaward, and the ironclads receded slowly towards the coast, which was hidden still by a marbled bank of vapour, part steam, part black gas, eddying and combining in the strangest way. The fleet of refugees was scattering to the northeast; several smacks were sailing between the ironclads and the steamboat.

vessel - navire, vaisseau, vase

beat - battre

marbled - marbré, marbre, bille, grillot, marbrer

eddying - eddying, tourbillon

combining - combinant, combiner

northeast - nord-est

sailing - cingler, (sail) cingler

After a time, and before they reached the sinking cloud bank, the warships turned northward, and then abruptly went about and passed into the thickening haze of evening southward. The coast grew faint, and at last indistinguishable amid the low banks of clouds that were gathering about the sinking sun.

warships - navires de guerre, navire de guerre

indistinguishable - indiscernables

Then suddenly out of the golden haze of the sunset came the vibration of guns, and a form of black shadows moving. Everyone struggled to the rail of the steamer and peered into the blinding furnace of the west, but nothing was to be distinguished clearly. A mass of smoke rose slanting and barred the face of the sun. The steamboat throbbed on its way through an interminable suspense.

vibration - vibration

rail - ferroviaire, rail

distinguished - distingué, distinguer

slanting - en biais, biais, connotation, bridé, qualifier

barred - interdit, barre, tablette

throbbed - a palpité, battre, palpiter, vibrer, résonner

The sun sank into grey clouds, the sky flushed and darkened, the evening star trembled into sight. It was deep twilight when the captain cried out and pointed. My brother strained his eyes.

flushed - rincé, rougeur

darkened - assombri, obscurcir, assombrir, foncer

trembled - tremblait, trembler, vibrer, tremblement, vibration

Something rushed up into the sky out of the greyness--rushed slantingly upward and very swiftly into the luminous clearness above the clouds in the western sky; something flat and broad, and very large, that swept round in a vast curve, grew smaller, sank slowly, and vanished again into the grey mystery of the night. And as it flew it rained down darkness upon the land.

greyness - grisaille

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